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Apr 10

Stories from My Grandfather–The Brothers Who Followed the Sun

WHAT’S PLAYING: Joss Stone “Bruised but not Broken”

Once there were two brothers, Tashka and Walo, who would watch each day as the Sun rose above the horizon, passed overhead, and died in the west.


When they were four years old, the brothers decided to follow the Sun and see where he died. So the next day, when the Sun was overhead, they followed him; but that night when he died, they were still in their own country, where they knew the hills and the rivers. They slept, and in the morning when the Sun was again overhead, they once more set off to follow him. And thus, they continued for many years to wend their way after the Sun in his course through the heavens.

Long afterward, when the two boys had become men, they reached a great expanse of water, and the only land they could see was the shore on which they were standing. Late that day, when Sun died, they saw him sink into the water.


Sensing that their quest was near its end, the brothers passed over the water and entered Sun’s home with him. Once inside, they were surrounded by women—the stars and the Moon, who is married to the Sun. Then Moon asked the brothers how they had found their way so far from their home. They told her how for many, many years—ever since they were mere boys—they had followed Sun on his daily journey.

Sun asked why they had followed him, as it was not time for them to reach heaven. They replied that their only reason for following him was a desire to see where he died. Then Sun told his wife to boil water. Into this he put the men and rubbed them; this treatment caused them to turn red and the years to come off, until the brothers were boys once more.

Sun then asked them whether they knew their way home. The boys said no, so he took them to the edge. From there, they could see all of the earth, but they could not distinguish their home. Sun then told them that he would send them home, but that for four days they must remain silent and not speak a word to any person. If they spoke during the four days, they would die. If they kept silent, they would then live and prosper.

Then, the Sun called a large buzzard and placed the two brothers on its back. The buzzard then started toward the earth. As the buzzard flew from heaven to the clouds, the brothers could easily keep their hold; but from the clouds to the earth, the wind blew the three in all directions. All reached the earth in safety, however, and the boys recognized the trees that stood about their old home.


As they rested beneath the trees, an old man passed by and recognized the brothers. He continued down the road, and soon meeting their mother, told her that her sons had come back.

Overcome with joy and curiosity, the mother hastened to see her boys. She pestered them with questions and became angry when they did not answer. Finally, out of respect for their mother, the brothers told her that—as they ha

d not waited the full four days before speaking—they would surely die.

Knowing she had forced them to speak, the mother was full of worry and sorrow upon hearing this. They all went to the mother’s home, and the boys told of all they had seen and how they had followed Sun during many years.

After they had told all, they died and went up to heaven to remain forever.


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