The Beginning of the Rainbow
Here is a Red Indian legend that tells us how the rainbow was formed.
Once upon a time, in the land of the Red Indians, there was no rain for a long time. The rivers and lakes dried up and many of the Indians were dying of thirst. A small colourful snake saw how the people suffered from the drought and took pity on them. It came out of its hiding place and spoke to them, “I am a magic snake. Throw me into the sky and I will bring you rain!”
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The Indians heard this but no one believed it. “You are too small,” the chief of the tribe replied. “You will fall down and be killed.”
“No, I won’t,” it said. “I will sctretch myself across the whole horizon. I will scratch the sky and bring down the rain it contains.”
Seeing that there was no other way to get rain, the old chief decided give it a try. He picked up the snake and hurled it as high as he could into the sky. Airborne, the snake began to grow longer and longer. It then formed a large arch across the horizon. Its back curved upwards to scratch the sky. Soon it started to rain. The Red Indians rejoiced when the rain came.
Since than, the snake or rainbow, as we know it, would appear in the sky whenever there is rain. The Indians also believe that is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Glossary The Beginning of the Rainbow
|drought||a long period without rain|
|tribe||a group of people of the same race|
|horizon||the line at which the earth and the sky seem to meet|
|airborne||into the air|