[ I'm not thrilled with this joke, but I thought I would enter it as one of the first contributions from the land of OZ. ] An old Guarani Indian (South American) joke told to Tristan Jones by an old Indian pie-seller and retold by him in his book 'The Incredible Voyage' ISBN 0-586-06058-8 (a marvellous book) Isarki was a fidgety, unsettled youth, never satisfied with his lot. One day while wandering around the forest, he met an old Indian witch. a medicine woman, a very powerful figure in pre-Spanish Paraguay. Isarki was a treacherous lad and therefore admired the jaguar, who was even more treacherous. He asked the witch to change him into a yaguarete, which is what the Guaranis call a man who turned into a tiger. The old witch did his bidding and for many weeks Isarki terrorized the forest, until one day a fox outwitted him. Back he went to the witch and asked her to turn him into a fox, because the fox was even more cunning than the jaguar; again she complied with the wish. As a fox Isarki roamed the settlements killing all the fowls until one day he met a snake, which slithered from his grasp. Back to the witch he went to become a snake. As a snake he was stung by a wasp. As a wasp he stung a man who was stealing his honey; the sting of course remained in the man's flesh and the wasp died. Isarki returned to human form, as a spirit must do when living in an animal body. Sadly he went back to the witch and asked her to make him into an animal more ferocious than a tiger, more cunning than a fox, more loathsome and deceitful than a snake, more vicious than a wasp. So the witch changed Isarki into a Spaniard!
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