Small Stories

The Woodcutter and the Golden Axe (Small Story)

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Once there was a woodcutter, working hard in the forest, finding firewood for food. While chopping down a tree, his ax fell into the river by mistake. The river was dead and flowing very fast – he lost his ax and never found it again. She sat on the river bank and cried.

While he was still crying, the God of the river stood up and asked him what had happened. The woodcutter told him the story. The god of the river offered to help him by looking at his ax. He disappeared into the river and picked up a gold ax, but the woodcutter said it was not his. He disappeared and returned with a silver ax, but the woodcutter also said that it was not his. God disappeared from the water again and came back with an iron ax – the woodcutter smiled and said it was his. God was impressed with the honesty of the woodcutter and provided him with both gold and silver axes.

Moral of the Story:

Honesty is the best policy.

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