THE MILKY WAY

 

It happened a very long time ago. There were neither stars nor the Milky Way in the sky.

Cranes used to come to the Urals, to the valleys of the Hakmar and Aghithel from the south for the summer. In olden days people used to say that they came from the land called Hindustan.

One year when the cranes were flying to the warm lands, a gale and storm broke. Baby cranes began losing their way, some of them, growing weak, would drop on the ground. So the grown-up cranes, in order to show the way to the others, dropped some feathers Those feathers turned into stars.

That's how the stars appeared along the path of the crane’s flight.

Now the cranes, which had fallen behind, could return by the stars. Those stars have become «The Bird's Way» ever since.