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Literature. Rudyard Kipling. The King’s Ankus.


This writer and poet was born in 1865 in Bombay and died in London in 1936.

He left us countless beautiful stories, the best known are the ones collected with the name of The Jungle Book.

In one of these stories, the principal character, who is the boy or “man-cub” Mowgli, finds the fabulous treasure of a Rajah in a hidden underground area in the jungle.

Playing among mountains of gold and precious stones, he decides to take an ankus with him for playing. An ankus is the cane elephant drivers used to control the animal.



This was a golden ankus adorned with the most valuable precious stones.

The old serpent cobra that guards said treasure will tell him not to touch that piece, as gold and wealth lead Humans to death.

Mowgli ignores the wise serpent, and takes the jewel out of its millennial cache. In a few days’ time, he will understand that the words of the serpent are true and he will learn a tragic lesson: Humans blinded by wealth are able to kill one another.