Once upon a time when the world was still young and humanity was so small and innocent that its entire population was confined to one small village beyond the mountains and across the lake, every body knew every body and nobody needed any sort of religious story book to tell them to love their neighbours, it was a chromosome there cultural DNA.
Then children started to go missing, disappearing from their beds after sunset, a few at a time each night. The village people thought the children were just fooling around and hiding in the bush around the village. It frequently happened, they’d come back in a few hours, what was there possibly to worry about? More went missing. Nothing like this had happened before. Days rolled by.
The people grew in to a state of panic. when they had searched the surrounding bush land, and it was quite apparent that the children were not coming back nor could they be traced, the people returned to the village and looked for somebody to blame, which did nothing to help the situation but it made them feel better about themselves.
The majority of the town found a suitable scapegoat in the eunuch population. “Who else” they thought “would be more likely to steal children than those who could not have them?”
Not many eunuchs lived in the town so they were easily rounded up in to the village square, then the people sharpened bamboo stalks and chased the eunuchs out beyond the mountains in to the never-never.
Box head was a villager at the time. He was called box head because he had a box on his head- without eye holes, he was just that rebel. Box head knew that the eunuchs were innocent, because the children started disappearing on the east side of the village, and most of the eunuch community lived on the west side. Besides where would the eunuchs hide the bodies if they were killing the children? What were the eunuchs doing with them if they weren’t killing them? Why would the eunuchs want to steal children at all? People would have seen the eunuchs doing what ever it was they were doing to the kids-but they hadn’t so obviously the eunuchs weren’t to blame. Box head didn’t say any thing though because he was scarred he’d get chased in to the wilderness along with anybody else who disagreed with the eunuch’s expulsion. The shame would haunt him forever.
Box head’s theory proved correct as the next morning most of the children that had not been stolen had disappeared. Nobody in the village wanted to admit that they had been wrong about the Eunuchs, so they just avoided talking about it. Who’d want to admit they’d chased there friends out of their homes for some thing they didn’t do? Box head came to realise that day that the only way they could save the remaining children and the future of humanity was to find who was really guilty of the kidnappings. He also felt the only way to self atonement for letting his friends be chased from their homes was to lead what ever effort he could to save the remaining children and to Convince The eunuchs to come back home.
Box head had no idea how do any of this so he visited the Wise old mountain emu spirit for advice. The canny old emu admitted the forest spirits were guilty, and that the spirits were stealing the children to make child powder, a variation of baby powder that was tipped to take the market by storm. The emu could see they had done it in a mystic vision. The crafty old spirit, (who in many ways resembled an eagle, but was more closely related to an emu) advised Box head to pump a special gas in to the forest. The emu knew that this certain gas only rises to the level the spirits floated at, which was also the level of altitude that all of the emu’s competitors in the food chain lived. The emu spirit also had shares in the company that produced the gas. So box head took the emu up on his offer and put together a fund with the other villagers to buy some of the gas. There was even a discount if you bought the gas in bulk so it all worked out.
Then box head and the villagers pumped the gas in the forest and killed all the spirits, the emu was please now because he didn’t have to compete and fight for his food.
So every body was happy because the children were safe, and nothing like this ever happened again.
At the end there was a big party to celebrate which none of the children were allowed at, because it was adults only.
In the never never the eunuchs were turned in to swans were they have been seen as more beautiful than they were in human form ever since. So really the eagle came off best by exploiting the villagers, the whole incident was forgotten because nobody wanted to acknowledge it, and those who were particularly close to the eunuch community yet let its persecution continue totally unopposed spent their lives going slowly mad with guilt because they found nobody with the courage to talk about it.
by Conrad Maclean