Posted by: ayac | September 26, 2014

Aesop’s Fables 4: The Crocodile and the Coyote

Based on Fox and Crocodile (Perry 20). The preceding fable, The Fox and the Thornbush (Perry 19), was skipped.

The introductory section explaining about crocodiles is not in the Greek version or in other Latin translations, but it is found in Camerarius’s version: Crocodilus Aegyptiacum est animal, tetrum adspectu, atque monstrosum, specie lacertae, cute, rugis et squamis horrida, vastum atque informe.

Nahuatl text:

¶ acuetzpali yhuan coyotl.

Centlamantli acuetzpali mochihua ynompa Egipto , atlan ne / mi cenca temahmauhti ynitlachieliz , huelyuh qui tzitzimitl, / ytoca Cocodrillo, yuhquin cuetzpali ycmahmaye , auh cẽ / ca huey,temahmauh ti ynixincayo. quilmach Ceppa cani / monamique coyotl yhuan ynin auetzpali motlatzohuilique / ytechpa ynitlacamecayo: ynacuetzpali cenca huey iniinic mocha / chamahuaya , mohuehcapanohuaya ynca ynaquique ycolhuanyn / techpa quiz: yhuan quipohuaya ynquexquich mahuiz tic oquichiuh . / auh yniquac cenca miectlamantli ycquitenehua ynechahchamahualiz / tlahtol: yncoyotl niman quinanquili, quilhui. caamo yxa yxa / chi tlatolli monequi: caniman ytechneci ymmopanehuayo ynactehuatl.

Yniçaçanilli quinnezcayotia ynihiztlacati ynahmotlenelli quihtohua, / yhuan yciuhca onca pacholo ynimiztlacatilizpan.

Preliminary English translation:

The Crocodile and the Coyote

A crocodile is found in Egypt; it lives in the water. Its appearance is very frightening; it is just like a demon. Its name is “cocodrillo”. It has legs like a lizard’s, but it is very large. Its scales are frightful. It is said that one time, when a coyote and this crocodile met, they argued about their genealogy. The crocodile had a habit of praising and promoting himself through those who were his ancestors, which he came from, and recounted all the marvelous things he had done. And when he had mentioned many of these boastful stories, the coyote responded to him, saying, “It’s not necessary to say so much. One can immediately see from your skin who you are.”

This fable illustrates liars, who say nothing true, and are soon trapped in their lies.


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