THE SNAKE AND THE ANTS, OR NUMBERS TELL
There was once a huge black serpent called Mahahaya, who was proud of his strength and size and was therefore arrogant and reckless. One day, instead of coming out of the hole through the big vent, as usual, he wanted to come out by the small vent which was slightly less then his size, saying to himself, “I am so strong. The earth will surely make way for me.”
He did succeed in getting out through that hole. But the earth was hard, and inflicted terrible wounds on him in the process of getting through. Thousands of big black ants saw him covered with blood and, exhilarated by the smell of blood, fell on him to eat him up. He killed hundreds, and wounded hundreds more. But the remaining thousands bit him fiercely and enlarged his wounds, and killed him, and ate him up.