Example of a Myth
How the Eagle Made Rain
A long time ago, eagles were the most beautiful bird in the sky. They had snowy white heads, silky black feathers, golden eyes and majestic wings. They ruled all above the horizon. The ravens, pigeons and common birds all flew lower than the eagles.
Then, one day, the eagles noticed something colorful in the sky. Its feathers were a rainbow of blue, red, yellow and green. The head eagle saw this gorgeous bird and immediately became jealous. He flew over to the bird.
"Who are you and what are you doing here?"
The colorful bird replied, "I'm a painted bunting. I have flown a long way to find a new home."
"Our skies are too full. You must go back to where you came," the eagle quickly returned.
Before the conversation could continue, a raven flew into a tree trunk.
"Oh, are you all right?" the painted bird asked.
"Yes, I was so taken back by your beauty that I ran into that tree."
Soon, the news had spread of the new pretty bird. The eagles didn't want anyone more beautiful to be flying near them. Thus, they called a meeting with all the other birds: the eagles, the ravens, the sparrows and pigeons.
The head eagle said, "We have decided that the painted bird must leave."
One raven piped up, "But I like the painted bird."
Sparrow said, "Yes, she is nice and beautiful."
Eventually, all the other birds decided that the painted bird should rule the sky and fly the highest. The eagles didn't like this and flew off to a nearby tree. There they all began to weep. They cried for days and days. Their tears fell into the clouds and made what was called rain. Now, whenever the eagles become sad, rain falls onto the earth.