Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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was the number of he-bugs which
figured in its definition--Supreme Deity, Creator or Upholder of the
Universe. This must be a very important word indeed, he would have to
look into it, and he did, though it still baffled him after many months
of thought and study.

However, Tarzan counted no time wasted which he devoted to these
strange hunting expeditions into the game preserves of knowledge, for
each word and each definition led on and on into strange places, into
new worlds where, with increasing frequency, he met old, familiar
faces. And always he added to his store of knowledge.

But of the meaning of GOD he was yet in doubt. Once he thought he had
grasped it--that God was a mighty chieftain, king of all the Mangani.
He was not quite sure, however, since that would mean that God was
mightier than Tarzan--a point which Tarzan of the Apes, who
acknowledged no equal in the jungle, was loath to concede.

But in all the books he had there was no picture of God, though he
found much to confirm his belief that God was a great, an all-powerful
individual. He saw pictures of places where God was worshiped; but
never any sign of God. Finally he began to wonder if God were not of a
different form than he, and at last he determined to set out in search
of Him.

He commenced by questioning Mumga, who was very old and had seen many
strange things in her long life; but Mumga, being an ape, had a faculty
for recalling the trivial. That time when Gunto mistook a sting-bug
for an edible beetle had made more impression upon Mumga than all the
innumerable manifestations of the greatness of God which she had
witnessed, and which, of course, she had not understood.

Numgo, overhearing Tarzan's questions, managed to wrest his attention
long enough from the diversion of flea hunting to advance the theory
that the power which made the lightning and the rain and the thunder
came from Goro, the moon. He knew this, he said, because the Dum-Dum
always was danced in the light of Goro. This reasoning, though
entirely satisfactory to Numgo and Mumga, failed fully to convince
Tarzan. However, it gave him a basis for further investigation along a
new line. He would investigate the moon.

That night he clambered to the loftiest pinnacle of the tallest jungle
giant. The moon was full, a great, glorious, equatorial moon. The
ape-man, upright upon a slender, swaying limb, raised his bronzed face
to the

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