Bird Families

Philemon and Baucis

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Once upon a time there lived an elderly couple in Phrygia - Philemon and Baucis ... They did not live richly, but amicably.

One day, two travelers appeared at the doorstep of their house and asked for shelter and food.

And I must say that these two travelers, who had not been allowed into any house before, were the supreme god himself Jupiter and his son Mercury .

Philemon and Baucis, of course, at that moment did not know who they were, but they hospitably opened the doors of their house.

We washed the feet of the travelers after the road.

They made me sit at the table.

They put Philemon and Baucis on all the food and drink they had.

To please the guests, the old men even decided to slaughter a single goose.

Fleeing from Baucis, the bird threw itself at the feet of Jupiter, who did not allow her to be slaughtered.

And then Philemon and Baucis noticed that the food on the table does not decrease, but, on the contrary, it becomes more and more.

The owners understood that they were not ordinary guests, and they openly asked about it. They did not hide it.

They said that they were gods, and ordered Philemon and Baucis to follow them.

When they climbed the mountain, they saw Philemon and Baucides that the whole village was flooded with water.

And only in the place of their old shack was a magnificent temple erected.

For kindness and compassion, Jupiter allowed Philemon and Baucis to express any desire, promising to fulfill it.

They wished to become ministers in this beautiful temple.

And they also wished to die at the same time, so that neither of them would have to live without the other.

All wishes were fulfilled by Jupiter. After a long life, Philemon and Baucis died on the same day, and then turned into oak and linden, growing from the same root. And after death they stayed together.

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