A long time ago there was a country, lost in the mountains. An ancient tribe lived there. All the men were good hunters and brave warriors. The leader of that tribe was called Big Mountain and the tribe was named Tribe of the Blue Wolf.
Big Mountain had a son, named Red Lion. He was a perfect warrior and his father was very proud of him. When the tribe was getting attacked, Red Lion was leading the army and he was always winning. But one day an accident happened: the people were getting ill and dying.
White Snake, the wisest and oldest man of the tribe called Red Lion to his tent and said:
_ Can’t you see your people dying? Why don’t you try to save them?
_ I want to help my people, replied Red Lion, but I can do nothing to save them.
_ Look at the fire. It will tell you what to do, said the White Snake.
He lit a fire and poured salt in it. The fire got high. In the fire he saw Silver Moon, the girl he loved. She was lying in her tent with her eyes shut. She was very ill. He saw a blue flower, growing
on the top of a high mountain. The Mountain Beast, a monster with sharp nails and teeth, was standing there, watching over the flower. Then he saw a forest.
He saw the demon with poisonous tusksand the one –eyed giant there.
The fire faded away. The White Snake said:
_ The flower you saw is the only cure from this disease. Only you can get it. You will have to fight with monsters during your journey. When you bring the flower I will make a potion from it
and we will be healed. Now, go and know that the gods will help you on your way. He thanked the White Snake and went to find the flower. He reached to a river, but there were
no boats on the coast. So he made a little boat from the bamboos growing nearby. Suddenly a wolf ran out of a bush and stood in front him. Red Lion took his bow and arrow and wanted to kill the wolf, but the wolf said:
_ Don't hurt me, Red Lion, I am here to help you.
_ How are you going to help me? - asked Red Lion.
_ I will show you the way. When you reach to the other coast, you will see two paths: one of
them goes right and the other one goes left. Choose the path that goes left. It will bring you to a forest.
There you will see the one-eyed giant. It doesn't fear your weapons, but it fears fire. Fire is the only thing that will kill the giant.
He thanked the wolf, got into the boat and swam to the other coast.
But suddenly, a giant fish swam out and swallowed him with the boat.
Red Lion didn't give up: he picked his oar and started hitting the fish on its ribs. The fish couldn’t take it and spat Red Lion out.
He continued swimming. He reached to the coast and saw the paths. He went along the left path and came to a forest. He went deeper and saw the one-
eyed giant. It attacked Red Lion. Meantime, a thunderstorm started and a lightning hit one of the trees. The tree started to burn.
Red Lion quickly burned his arrow and shot it at the giant. The giant screamed, fell down and died. Just then the thunderstorm stopped and the sun shone above Red Lion.
He walked till the path ended and saw the Lake of Fire in front of him. In that lake there was fire instead of water.
There was no bridge over the lake. But then he saw a mighty oak, on the other coast and he had an idea. He took out his rope, tied it on his arrow and shot it at the
oak. It got stuck in the oak’s cork. The other end of the rope he tied on a tall tree. Then he climbed on the rope and walked over the lake.
He got to the other sight and walked forward. Suddenly, a rabbit ran towards him and stopped in front of him. Red Lion took out his spear and wanted to throw it at the rabbit, but rabbit said:
_ Please don’t hurt me, Red Lion. I came here to show you the way. Are you going to find the blue flower?
_ Yes, -replied Red Lion.
_ I don’t know where it is, but the panther does. She lives close. Walk along the path you’re standing on. It will bring you to a field. Panther lives there. When
you reach the middle of it, the demon with poisonous tusks will appear. Beware of its bites: they are poisonous. When you kill the beast, she will tell you where to go.
_ Thank you, -said Red Lion.
He went along the path and came to the field. He walked forward, until he reached the middle of the field…
The demon crept out of the ground and attacked Red Lion. Red Lion took out his spear and prepared for the battle. The battle was long and a lot of blood was spilled. Red Lion gathered the last of his strength killed the demon.
Red Lion was tired after the long battle. He lay down and slept. When he woke up, he saw a panther standing nearby. He asked:
_Panther, I need to find the blue flower, growing on the mountain. Can you tell me where it is?
_ Yes, I do, -answered the panther, -I will take you there. Get on my back.
Red Lion got on panther’s back and rushed to the mountain. When they reached to the mountain the panther said: _ To get the blue flower, you must fight with the Mountain Beast. When you kill the beast, pick the flower with its root. If you pick it without the root, it will lose its healing power and you won’t be able to heal your tribe. Be careful, the beast is very dangerous.
The panther went away and Red Lion started to climb the mountain. When he got to the top he saw the Mountain Beast. They started to fight.
After a long fight, Red lion finally killed the beast and picked the flower with its root and travelled back to his city. All the people were happy to see him, especially Silver Moon. Red Lion gave the flower to White Snake and he made the potion.
So on, all the people were healed. They made Red Lion their new leader. He married to Silver Moon and lived happily ever after.