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Gerjis

by Micha F. Lindemans
A terrible monster in Malay mythology, a colossal tiger-like creature. One day the animals got together to discuss the problem of the Gerjis, who was rapidly reducing their numbers. They chose the Kanchil, the Mouse-deer, to come up with a solution. The Kanchil convinced the Gerjis that the sky would soon fall down and offered to dig a hole in the ground where the Gerjis could hide in safety. The monster agreed and was duly buried. He was killed by the Elephant who crushed his skull with a tree.

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