Asian Stories - AtoZ 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dancing Tiger - #AtoZChallenge

ZEALOUS
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#8 Korean Stories
The Taming of TIGER

Tiger hears drumming as in the court of the Heavenly Prince, and see a young man that resembles the Prince. Tiger leaves the cave and dances behind the man. He dances from city to city for celebrations. Tiger goes to “the old man of the mountain” ten year celebration. Here the Heavenly Prince comes for Tiger; together they visit mountain celebrations in Korea.

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The Healing - #AtoZChallenge

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YONDER
#7 Korean Stories
The Taming of TIGER

Tiger injured, starving, and hides in a cave, humiliated.  Finding the Tiger, the woman approaches, “My husband is emotionally injured by the wars. A shaman told me to bring him a whisker from a live tiger to heal him.” The young woman looks like Bear Maiden. Tiger allows the woman to feed him. After, his paw heals; he gives her a whisker. She brings her husband to meet Tiger, who is gratified and stays in the cave until he hears a drum play.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Pleasant - #AtoZChallenge

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#6 Korean Stories
The Taming of Tiger

Tiger becomes extremely careful because Rabbit tricked him twice. The miller (agriculture), the second son of the First Emperor, travels milling grains with his stones for the farmers. When Tiger chases pheasants to eat (Buddhist), the miller, who looks like the Heavenly Prince, throws a millstone and hurts Tiger’s front paw. Wanting revenge, Tiger plans to eat the miller. The pheasant rings a temple bell causing Tiger to lose his power.

I re-arranged characters to fit the Korean landscape and combine the story within a story to suit my tale of ’Taming of Tiger,’ which I told in the Asian Art Galleries 2002 to 2012.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tiger and the Pit, #AtoZChallenge

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#5 Korean Stories
The Taming of TIGER

Tricked by the small Cousin Rabbit, Tiger is more humble and carefully crawls through the woods, which are now filled with hunters. Tiger falls into a pit dug for catching pigs. The totem carver (Shamanism) is a son of the First Earthly Emperor. Dan-Gum. The carver helps Tiger out of the pit, as Tiger is the Guard of the West and King of the Beasts. To Tiger the carver resembles the Heavenly Prince only does not smell like him and too long and thin. When tiger wants to eat the carver, Cousin Rabbit who tricked Tiger before tricks Tiger back into the pit.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tiger and FISH - #AtoZChallenge

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#4 - Korean Stories
The Taming of TIGER

At this time, Tiger has with Shaman powers, is King of Beast and Guard of the West. He travels into Korea searching for the Heavenly Prince. Tiger climbs to the mountain where the Prince entered earth. Tiger finds the palace in rubble with no scent of the Heavenly Prince.

The tiger becomes a tyrant, (Governers use of stick Confucianism). As a vain and arrogant ruler, he bullies the beasts and taunts the forest with cruel, selfish rules, and wasteful greed. Cousin Rabbit tricks Uncle Tiger and leaves great Tiger with his tail frozen in the river.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The First Prince and Tiger Die - #AtoZChallenge

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#3 Korean Stories
The Taming of TIGER

By now the First Earthy son, Dan-Gum of the Heavenly Prince is the first Emperor. He dies as ‘the old man of the mountain’ and gives his mother's, Bear Maiden, gifts to his children. The daughter received clay and pottery; her husband is in the army. The oldest son gifted a rope, gourd, and bamboo stick, the totem carver. The second gifted the mill stones, the miller. The youngest son gifted the drums, the musician. They traveled on different paths to meet in ten years to honor their father at the feast 'the old man of the mountain'.

Tiger died on his way to see the Heavenly Prince, Hwan-Ung. Revived by three unwise Brahmins, Tiger eats them. In a cage he is carried back to the Mong Mountains and left.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Heavenly Prince is King, #AtoZChallenge


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#2 Korean Stories -
The Taming of TIGER

The Heavenly Prince, Hwan-Ung, tells his Father he will rule this new land. When he arrives, he asks Bear and Tiger to be the first people. Tiger who rather be free leaves the cave and hides in the trees to watch for Bear. Tiger sees Bear Maiden, who becomes the first woman. She dances with the Heavenly Prince, who gives her a child, the first Earthly Man, Dan-Gum. The Korean Emperors claimed they ascended from the Heavenly Prince.

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Creation, TIGER - #AtoZChallenge

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#1 Korean Stories,
The Taming of TIGER

The Heavenly Princess loses her sacred golden fish in the waters below heaven. Tiger spirit, Guard of the West, who guards the heavenly palace for the Heavenly Father, Hwam-In, the sun god, calls Tiger to find his daughter’s jeweled fish. Tiger jumps into the waters which cover what we know as Korea. He sifts the waters and packs the mud finding the golden fish with some of the jewels missing.
Later in time, Tiger, as we know him, roams the Korean woods as Guard of the West and King of the Beasts then travels beyond.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

SITA RESCED from Ravana, #AtoZChallenge

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Sita and the Ramayana

Many battles later many Rakshasas, brother Kumbhakarma, son Indrajet, and now Daemon Ravana, who was obsessed with owning someone not his was dead. Sita freed and Angi, the Fire God, for Rama, proved that Site was always the pure, faithful loyal wife.

Indra, the God of the Heavens brought Rama’s father, Dasaratha, in a chariot to witness, and Sita's father, Janaka, presented her again to Rama.

Flowers fell from the sky. Bells ring!
Rama and Sita went back to Ayodhya to be King and Queen.

Rama, Rama, preserver of the worlds,
Loyal Sita served you with her heart.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Bridge, Battles of the Ramayana, #AtoZChallenge

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Sita and the Ramayana

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After Hanuman finds Sita on Lanka, he burns the city with his tail, then he jumps back to tell Rama. The Monkey King Sugriva, the Bears, and the Lions build a bridge of stones and logs across the sea to the Palace of the Deamon Ravana, who brags that these are mere men and animals and can't harm him. He is Rakshasa Emperor and can not be killed. He tells Sita that in four days he plans to kill her. Ravana shows Sita the head of Rama. Her Rakshasa friend, Trijata, said the head was an allusion. As a wasp, Trijata will find out and tell Sita what happens. Her husband, the youngest brother of Ravana, Vibhishana, is vanished from the court because he told Ravana to give Sita back. He helps Rama, Lakshman, and Hanuman with the battles.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sita meets Hanuman, #AtoZChallenge

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Sita and the Ramayana 

“Rama’s ring!” said Sita.A white haired, red faced, brown, yellow-eyed, a monkey with golden earrings jumped from the tree and smiled. “Faithful Sita. I am Hanuman, son of the Wind. Rama befriended me; I wear the prophesied earrings for helping Rama. I have come to find you.”

“Hanuman, friend Rama’s, tell me what you know. I am hungry for news of Rama.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daemon Ravana, #AtoZChallenge

OBSESSION
Sita and the Ramayana
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Each time we visited, Trijata brought me a gift of fruits, perfumes, or fresh vegetables, I finally asked the question, “Where did Ravana come from, and why the ten heads and twenty arms?” Trijata said, “This is a long family history from God Brahma, I will tell the best I can.”


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Banished and Abducted, #AtoZChallenge

NEGATION
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Sita and the Ramayana

The great Hindi Ramayana is a story of dharma about a son’s, Rama’s, duty and loyalty to father’s words, regardless of the consequences. With his loyal faithful wife, Sita, and brother Lakshman banished from the Koshala Kingdom for fourteens. Then Sita abducted by the ten-headed twenty-eyed daemon Ravana for revenge for killing Rakshasas his daemons.


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Birth, Love, and Marriage of Stia, #AtoZChallenge

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Sita and RAMAYAMA

To conquer Ravana, God Vishnu comes to earth in the form of an early man, Rama, and lives in Ayodhya. Goddess Lakshmi comes to the earth born in a furrow by the Earth Mother to King Janaka of Videha, as a earthly woman, Sita.

Rama wins the hand of Sita, daughter of the King Janata of Videha, by breaking a huge bow given by God Shiva. None of the other suitors could lift the lid of the chest, let alone lift the bow and pull the string. Sita agrees to marry Rama, and Sita sister marries Rama’s brother Lakshman.

Friday, April 14, 2017

God Indra's Anger, #AtoZChallenge

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Sita’s RAMAYANA

Ravana, the ten-headed twenty-armed daemon attacked the Heavenly Palace housing the poets, musicians, singers, and dancers and where the golden Ganges began. The gods watched from their heavenly positions; the earthly gods came from their temples, and the demons watched from the underworlds. The creator of the worlds, God Brahma, in meditation to keep time alive stood; the protector of the worlds, God Vishnu, woke from his dream; the destroy of the worlds, God Shiva, stepped down from his meditation and watched.

Anger drove Indra. On his white three-headed elephant Airavata, he raced to God Brahma, who sat on the lotus flower waiting.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sita Abandoned, #AtoZChallenge

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The great Hindi Ramayana is an Epic Legend of great dharma. A story of the God Vishnu, Protector of the worlds, and Goddess Lakshmi, who came to save the world from Ravana, the ten-headed and twenty-armed daemon. Rama (Vishnu) is a son of duty and loyalty to his father's words, regardless of the consequences, dharma. Lakshmi the loyal wife of Vishnu raped by Ravana in another life cursed Ravana, and now Lakshmi returns as Sita for her revenge. Evil Ravana, the ten-headed twenty-armed daemon, as Emperor of Lanka should protect the three worlds only conquers the three worlds and takes women as his possessions.

Ramayana was orally told for centuries; the classic version written 2500 years ago by poet Valmiki. I have shortened, modified, and re-image this epic to tell from the point of view of Sita in an over-over-simplified version. Actually, the Ramayana has 25,000 verses and takes nine hours to recite.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Judgement - The Dragon Keepers - #AtoZChallenge

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JUDGEMENT
Dragons control the weather and honored and respected because they changed dryness and scarcity into richness and prosperity by keeping the rains falling. The Golden Emperors declared themselves the Dragons of the Golden Dynasty, and allow no one to speak the word, dragon, expect the royalty. 
The Emperors were in total control. Alas, an Emperor and his court dishonored the dragons.

Emperor and his court dragons ate two mythical dragons causing great disrespect and dishonor to all Celestial Dragons, who became angry. 
Droughts came because of the mandate declared by earthy Emperors, that they controlled the weather and natural happening of the earth. The people starved. After long many droughts and hardships, the people revolted, which lasted for two hundred years.

In 1911, the new government of China declared all the peoples of China had the status of the Dragon; all work hard to protect the forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains so everyone prospered.


In 1948, the Dynasty changed shape. Still, the Dragon lives within peoples who honored and respected Dragons since the very beginning of time.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Incisive - LiAnge and the Magic Paint Brush - #AtoZChallenge


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Today's story is about a youth, LiAnge, who lived the mountains alone. His family killed by the many wars that crossed China. He gathered sticks from the woods and sold to the villagers for his food. He longed to become a scholar, a court dragon, who learned the three academic skills: painting, poetry, and calligraphy.

For his passion, he is given a magic brush by the Queen Mother of the West, mother of P'angu, to be a great painter of beauty ‘for the good of the people’. Using his paint brush to give good fortune and abundance,
LiAnge's success crosses path of a possessive, greedy Emperor.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Honorable - The Poet and the Peony, #AtoZChallenge

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Honorable
A young scholar, Siang Yu completed his training in the three perfections: poetry, art, and calligraphy. He is a scholar, a Dragon of the Golden Court of the Song Dynasty. As ages ago, Prince Yu, said to Turtle, the friend of First Dragon, P’angu, “We will carved the Yellow River and leave the rapids over the steep rocks. When a fish jumps these rapids, this fish becomes a dragon.” This young Court Dragon, Siang Yu painted beauty with words and images. In an ancient Taoist garden, this poet created a lasting love with a peony, a young maiden.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

GENEROUS - Li Chi, the Serpent Slayer, #AtoZChallenge

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GENEROUS
When the Silk Road opened, trading brought outside beliefs, warriors, and conquerors into China because the Emperors at that time were many and bidding war against each other. With helped from heroes, worms and serpents who threatened the protective wise Celestial Dragons and earthy Dynasty Dragons, were displace

Li Chi, the Serpent Slayer, is such a heroine who helped start the Golden Dynasty with mighty Golden Dragon Emperors, who gain control of China's prosperity; harmony that lasted for generations.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Festive - The Lonely Dragon, #AtoZchallenge


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The villages respected the dragons, because they offered protection, controlled the weather thus creating good fortune and wealth, now a dragon becomes a friend and brings the festive New Year to a starving village.

Once a very long time ago, Mei Ling, a young girl, lived in an impoverished village. Rain never came and the crops of rice and the vegetables died. Grandma said, “The villagers are afraid of the anger from the dragon on the mountain top. The village bestows no honor on him, so village not honored by dragons.”

Mei Ling invites the lonely dragon to a village party.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

ENABLING - Dragons from the Sky, #AtoZChallenge

ENABLING

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In the summer when the villagers worked in their fields of grain, dark clouds covered the sun. A cold wind blew hard and fast. The trees bent. Fog surround everything; then a loud thump on the ground.

The farmers, fishermen, and villagers feared and loved the power of the dragons from the sky. These dragons are given credit for good fortune and change by providing rain for crops and fishing. About this time the different Emperors, Lords of Rivers and Lakes, declared that they were related to the mystical, powerful celestial dragons using the respect and honor of the dragons and to provide themselves power with the people.

As a storyteller, I want adults and children to know why Dragons enabled culture and history through the respect gained and the use of the dragons by the Emperors to declaring they power in China. If I misrepresent anything, please let me know.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Distinguish - MIN, the River Dragon, #AtoZchallenge

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Many centuries from ancient time, the shard of pearl laid buried in the ground in the mountains. In a village near by lived a poor boy by the name of Min. By cutting grasses in the valley, he brought rice and tea for his blind mother. This year was exceedingly hot and extremely dry; the grasses died. Min had to travel up the West Mountains to find grass and where he recovers a magic pearl shards from the Pearl of Jade Dragon and Golden Phoenix.

For centuries River Kingdoms were in power and by use of the DRAGONS and fought for the control over China. Such is the story of Dragon Min, a boy who became a river dragon and helped the villagers. While becoming a dragon and looking back at his mother, Min made mud banks around the river to hold shrimps, crabs, eel and fish, and the river irrigated the crops and vegetables. Thus, Dragon Min, like many other, is honored and respected for bringing change, good fortune, and wealth to the river, the villagers, and the farmers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cherish - Dragon and Phoenix


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The First Dragon, P’angu, died after creating China. He left the Dragons, the Phoenix, the Unicorn, and the Tortoise, who tells the people P’angu dreams.

P'angu also left his Father the sky; Yang and his Mother the earth, Yin. For centuries, they were serpents with human heads then dragons. As thousand of years passed, P'angu’s Mother was titled Queen Mother of the West and his Father King Father of the East. Each transformed into humans and dressed in the finest gowns of golden silk embroidered with dragons of bright colors. They are Celestial Dragons that hold up the heavens and live in the royal temple on a golden mountain that reaches into the middle of the sky. One of P'angu brother draws the Sun God's chariot through the day. During the First Dynasty of the Earth Dragon, the Sun God helped humans; he gave medicine and herbs and the five crop stone to the farmers.

P’angu friends, the White Jade Dragon and the Golden Phoenix, stayed in the Milky Way and created a magic Pearl, which the Queen Mother of the West steals for a 3,000-year  party when her peaches ripen.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Boundless - P'angu, the First Dragon, #AtoZ Challenge


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BOUNDLESS

Before there was anything, there was Yin and Yang in chaos circling in the sky of the might Milky Way. P’angu, the First Dragon came from the comic egg and as he grew he dreamed creating the Dragons, the Phoenix, the Unicorn and the Tortoise. He left us China; today we are part of his world.

The Chinese have told stories about dragons for thousands of years. There are the heavenly celestial Dragons, the dragons of the sky, the earth dragons of the rivers, lakes, mountains, and the court dragons of the Emperor. Chinese Dragons fly without wings, don't breath fire, control the weather, change shapes, die and are reborn. When Dragon bones are found in lakes, rivers or on mountains they are power medicines.

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