We belong to the region of Rivers Gandaki and Narmada. The Gandas have come from Ganduki-Narmada. At one time Gandas and Pathans [Muslims] were two brothers. When these two were brothers, god said to the Gandas, ‘I shall give you a boon.’ The Pathans thought how to take the boon. At this time, having crossed River Gandaki, the Gandas were sleeping. What the Pathans did was they went to god and took away whatever boon was there. The Ganda boys reached later [and said to god], ‘Where are you going away without giving us the boon?’ [He said], ‘What will you take? Okay, you take this sword.’ He gave them the sword. Having brought the sword they were sleeping on the bank of the river. The Pathans came looking for them. ‘Where have these Ganda buggers have gone?’ they asked themselves. [Not finding them, they fell asleep.] When the Gandas awoke, they found the bloody Pathans sleeping. What the Ganda boys did was they cut away the “kachha” [rear tuck] of their loincloth. Having cut their kachha they ran away. When the morning came and the Pathans awoke, they saw that their kachha was not there. [Since then they have wearing the “lungi”]. They asked themselves, ‘Now that god has taken away our kachha, what race shall we belong to? From today we shall become a different race.’ So they became Pathans.
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