The Man and the Wooden God

: Aesop's Fables

In the old days men used to worship stocks and stones and

idols, and prayed to them to give them luck. It happened that a

Man had often prayed to a wooden idol he had received from his

father, but his luck never seemed to change. He prayed and he

prayed, but still he remained as unlucky as ever. One day in the

greatest rage he went to the Wooden God, and with one blow swept

it down from its pedestal. The idol broke in two, and what did he

see? An immense number of coins flying all over the place.