Three Lives

In the book The Indian and the Hundred Cows by Rudolfo A. Anaya

What misunderstanding arises between the priests and the Indian?

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The Indian takes the priest's statement “You know that when you make a donation to God, He returns it…” literally. What the literal people do not know is that it is symbolic. The Indian took his only cow and gave to the priest expecting 100 cows in return.