Rabbit Gets a job?
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Believe it or not, a long time ago, there was a problem with unemployment among the Maya. Many were looking for work, including that trickster, Rabbit. Here are two legends of how Rabbit performed in the local Mayan workforce.
Rabbit most likely would have made a great politician.
Rabbit As Cowherd
Rabbit As Cowherd
"Sir, by any chance would you have any work for me? I'm poor and I'm looking for work. I can't find anybody who will give me a job," said the rabbit.
"I'm sorry friend, but there isn't any work right now. Lots of friends have been by looking for work, but there just isn't any," said the man.
"I'm not particular about the type of work. I just want to work. That's why I've come here to ask you," said the rabbit.
"All right, if you want to you, can take care of some of my animals," said the man, and they agreed. "All right, come back tomorrow and we'll leave it that way," said the man. The next day the rabbit came to work. A few days went by. He did something once when he was taking care of the man's cattle, and some cattle merchants came by.
"Hey, friend, why don't you sell us your cows? We'll pay you whatever you ask," they said.
"It can't be done, my friends, I can't sell them as you might think, for I'm just a hired hand. If they were mine, there would be no problem doing what you ask me, because you are in the business of buying cattle."
They kept insisting, and the rabbit thought about what he ought to do. After a while he answered:
"All right, if you want to buy them, but don't go over there where the boss is. If you do, he'll find out I sold them to you."
"All right," the men said, "don't worry."
They bought the cows and herded them off. After the rabbit sold the cows he began to place some empty gourds in the tops of some large trees. And when he had finished placing them, he went to notify the owner of the livestock.
"Sir, I've come to tell you that some thieves came and stole all the cows," he said. "Who knows where they took the animals. When they stole them, they threatened me. If I had gone after them, they would have beaten me up," said the rabbit.
"Let's go and look for them now," said the man, and got his horse. They went to where the rabbit had sold the cows. When they got there they heard the cows mooing. But it was only the wind passing through the gourds. The rabbit knew that it was the gourds that were making the sound. As the gourds were mooing, he asked the man:
"Sir, don't you hear them mooing?" The man heard the mooing and answered: "You're right, friend, the animals are far away from us." And they started to look for the cows and as they were looking for them they heard them mooing across the way. "Listen, they're mooing over there," said the rabbit. "Let's do this: we'll separate, you go this way and I'll go that way."
"All right," said the man, and they separated to go look for the cows, because the owner imagined they were far away. But when they were far apart, the rabbit took the opportunity to escape once more. This is what the rabbit did the time he sold the cows.
Rabbit As Swineherd
"Sir, by any chance would you have some work you could give me? For I haven't been able to find anything," he said.
"Sorry, friend, there won't be any work for a few months, although come to think of it, there might be some now," said the man. "If you agree, you can take care of some of my pigs." "Just give me some work, sir, because that's what I'm looking for," said the rabbit.
At dawn of the next day the rabbit went to watch the pigs. As he was watching the pigs, some hog merchants came by.
"Why don't you sell us your pigs, friend?" the hog merchants asked him.
"No, friends, they aren't mine, I'm just a hired hand and I can't decide all by myself," the rabbit said. They kept on pressuring the rabbit, saying:
"Sell us the animals," they said.
"All right, but if it's O. K. with you, I'm going to cut off their tails," said the rabbit.
"All right, then, cut them off," they said, and they were very pleased.
The merchants took the pigs and went off with them. The rabbit buried the tails in the ground. When he had them all buried he went to talk to the pigs' owner.
Boss, all the pigs have sunk into the swamp," he said. After he told him, the boss went with all his digging tools to where the rabbit deceived him. This is what the rabbit did; he abandoned his boss.
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