Friday, April 15, 2011


An Iraqi folk tale
Translated by: Fateh Kassab
© 2011 by THE BIRD(

         Juha had a raven once. It flew and landed on a horn of a buffalo. Juha considered that the buffalo is his now, because it was hunted by his raven. So he took his buffalo to his barn. When the owner of the buffalo, Juha's neighbor, knew that, he pressed charges against him to the judge. But Juha bribed the judge. He gave him a jar of ghee.
The trial ended for the interest of Juha. So he took buffalo and went home. When the judge opened the jar he found it full of cattle dung. He wanted to take revenge, so he sent a policeman to bring Juha. When Juha arrived he saw that the judge was very angry; so he said: "Did you ever hear that a lame raven equals two piasters hunts a buffalo that equals one thousand piasteres? How did you judge for me? And what law did base on to give such judgment? The bribed judge was so astonished that he could not say a word. Then Juha returned home and gave the buffalo back to its owner.