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How Did the Butterfly Get its Beautiful Wings

A myth submitted to the site by Rashika

Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

How Did the Butterfly Get its Beautiful Wings
  • How Did the Butterfly Get its Beautiful Wings

Once upon a time there lived a little butterfly. It had nothing but ugly grey wings. Whenever she went out she covered herself with a leaf because the other animals were more beautiful than her and made fun of her.

One day she was really sad. So she decided to go far away in the woods so that nobody could tease her. In the woods lived an ugly cruel witch who had once been attractive. That's why the Gods had cursed her into her present form many years ago. The curse could only be removed if she helped someone or thought of somebody.

The little butterfly sat in the corner of the woods crying. The witch thought this was her chance to reverse the spell so she went to the butterfly and asked her: "Why are you so sad?"
"The other animals are so beautiful but I'm just a little ugly butterfly with grey wings," said the butterfly, in tears.

The words of the butterfly touched the witch's heart and she began to become stunning. The Gods had forgiven the witch and restored her to how she was again!

The words of the butterfly even touched the Gods' heart and made the butterfly so gorgeous that she was happy again and was wanting to go back and show the other animals.


The End

By Rashika
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An example (with a difference) of a myth that tries to explain "Why things are the way they are" It also has a moral (like many do) and rewards good behaviour.

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