Siliq the Magical Bird

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Once upon a time there lived a tribe called the Atayal. The gods of heaven sent a magical bird named Siliq to help the Atayal.

Siliq brought them three gifts. The first one was a millet-filled bamboo tube.

Siliq put a grain of millet into a pot and made a pot of millet out of it.

The second gift was a magical deer. Siliq plucked a piece of fur from the deer.

Siliq put the fur in the pot and made a pot of venison out of it.

The third gift was even more amazing. It was a bamboo basket with eyes and limbs.

The magical basket ran into the forest and started picking fruit.

The basket was filled with fruit in no time. The Atayal greeted the basket with smiles the moment it came out of the forest.

After that, the Atayal were blessed with an abundance of venison, millet, and fruit.

The gifts made their lives so easy that they started to slack off years later.

They emptied the bamboo tube of millet and transferred all the millet to the pot.

They thought the pot would keep cooking and multiplying millet for them.

But that didn’t happen. The pot didn’t generate new food for them.

They didn’t know what to do. Then they cooked the deer in the pot because they were too panicked to think.

They thought the pot would keep cooking and multiplying venison for them.

But that didn’t happen. The pot didn’t generate any new food for them.

After the bamboo learned of the deer’s death, it went into hiding.

Suddenly, Siliq appeared to them. 『You are too lazy,” he said, “from now on, you will have to work extra hard to make a living. You will take care of plowing, hunting and fruit picking.』

As much as they felt remorseful, they could not undo the past. They had no choice but to plow their land.

They also had to learn how to hunt and pick fruit. And that’s how the Atayal earned their reputation as a hard-working culture.