Asian Stories - AtoZ 2017

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Interview by Seth_Kiven, Cortlan Blakely, on

1) What is your favorite genre to read?
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My favor genre in non-fiction nature, ancient cultures, and modern places, things, and ideas. Non-fiction opens the doors to many possibilities. To balance this genre, I read traditional folktales, faery tales, and legends and myths from around the world.

2) What is your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy is my favorite because I can create a world and characters that fit a theme or premise I want to speak about or prove, and the readers enjoy the metaphors and analogies plus they can view the story through a world they created.

3)   How did you find Wattpad?
 All started out at RedBook, out of San Francisco, one of the first website for authors to show their works, bio, etc. Of course, I was slow and my first book, Rhyonna's Fright, took a long time to write and in the meantime, RedBook (Craigslist owned them) sold to a Canadian company and became as we know it. I came on board as an add-in, 'join or not.' So I joined and has taken me a long time to learn how to use with all the different updates. There is Scribd., which does same and more with a controlled looks and felt hard, too much from too many, so I stayed with

4) What are some of your interests outside of
My interests outside of First, is my family, husband, son and daughter their marriage partners, my grandchildren, my brother, his wife, their children, and my pets: dog Elvis, and cats Agarus and Sasha! Next is outside in the air to experience: nature, weather, gardening, walking, and just sitting and working in a garden, which is a form of my exercise. Then my friends are very important; they show what I know and where I’ve been and where I’m going.
5) What kind of music do you listen to?
Music, there are so many styles. Music, I think helps with the story theme and genre. For Rhyonna’s Fright, I listened to Celtic and Irish music, which gave a faery feeling; then for the horror scenes Tangerine Orange; the lively scenes Reggae, and for flying a more flighty feeling with NewWave music.

6) What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be a famed Artist, in mixed media. When I readied for college, my mom would not hear of me applying to an Art School as a graphic artist, which was not women’s work and would not make money. A teaching certificate was only possible. So, out went the artist in come the teacher! I did take as many art classes as I could. I lasted about 13 years as a teacher: first grade, Kindergarten, art teacher, then a home pre-school teacher. I stuffed art into whatever I taught. Now art is in my writing. Creating is important in our lives and keeps us balanced, no matter what type.

7) Who is your role model or who would you want to be?
My role model was my sixth-grade teacher, Miss Owen; she had an art studio in the back of her room. I started reading then. Who would I be if I could, of course, the altruistic person: professional, considerate, educated, open-minded, cheery, authentic, understanding, trusting, giving value to others, famous, an authority in creativity.

8) In your opinion, what is the coolest thing in the world? (Object, Activity, Person, Place)
The coolest, fun thing in the world is movement: dancing, swimming, walking, skipping, hiking, climbing, sweeping, raking, walking up stairs and down, biking, not running! I wish I could fly. I do fly in my head; most of my dancing, I performed inside my imagination.
 I good!

9) What's the backstory to ‘Rhyonna’s Fright’?
When I was a child in Colorado Springs, CO, I live by Fountain Creek, which is now a freeway. My brother and I with friends would swing across the creek on metal cables hung in the cottonwood trees by the workers who laid the Golden Cycle Railroad from the mill up to Cripple Creek, CO where the gold was. The mill then closed was on the hill up beyond the creek, now with houses sitting on moving sand from the milling. At the creek, the faeries flutter with the other woodland spirits beside horses, frogs, snakes, birds and the little minions that lived there. That is where I met my faery who has traveled with me. I got her on paper after about 35 years of trying to get her to settle, which she did on a dandelion, and her name became Rhyonna.

10) Why do you like to write on, and what drives you to finish?
The community talks to each other with personal comments. One wonderful place to meet all ages, all genres --> writers, all wording rough draft stories. My followers drive me to a finish a book because they are interested in reading, vote, and leave constructive comments, must different that other social media sites.

 Seth_Kiven’, Cortlan Blakely, on receive Rhyonna’s Fright FREE from  with the code, ZN72G (not case-sensitive). 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016


And the STORY goes . . .
BEWARE! of the critic - your critic!

This is my slide video on my channel on BobbieTales about storytelling --> my challenge for you to share a story! Watch, then put a description and link in 'Post a comment' to share the story that you wrote, told or have on video.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hare and the Turtle

One of my favorites fables because I think of myself as a turtle, slow and steady and some how winning the race. The turtle in eastern countries in their ancient myths hold up the four directions of this earth. P'ngue, the first dragon of China stood on turtle and told all that the humans would need. Turtle gave P'ngue stories to us. The coastal Indians of American have a story for the 13 section on turtle's back to 13 moons for the year.

When I was a child in Colorado, turtle still walked the prairies, and sometimes we would catch one, of course, the snapping turtle bits. The turtles were old about a foot across. I hope the slow, careful reptiles still lives on those vast plains of the midwest.

Why Hare Lost!
To the Pacific American, turtle carries 13 stories on her back.

HARE one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the TURTLE, who replied, laughing: "Though you are as swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race." The Hare, believing her assertion impossible, accepted the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal. On the day appointed for the race the two started together. The Tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course. The Hare, lying down by the wayside, fell fast asleep. At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could saw that Turtle had reached the goal, and was comfortably asleep after her success.

Slow but steady wins the race.


Aesop's Fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, translated by George Townsend, Baronet Books, p. 5, 1954.

Thirteen Moons on Turtles's Back, Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London, illus by Thomas Locker, The Putnam and Grosset Group, 1992. ( four on each side and five down the middle of shell)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

SUCCESS Reflection --> atozchallenge list #598

List #598

I did write 26 stories daily and posted to so others could read--> followed my theme, emotions that fit the story with one negative, had a title design for each story and the LETTER A to Z from the Blogging Challenge. I did survive and did succeed. And my pledge is to weekly add another tale --> I did fail telling the stories on because this not the venue for storytelling. So my next GREAT PROJECT will be how-to put verbal stories on itunes, plus interviews with artists, writers, and storytellers, telling their back-story of their venues for their audiences --> viewers, readers, and listeners.

Now, more stories to come!
And beyond that on the last day, April 30th, having finish early in the morning the atoz challenge; I went to the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, their last of 30. Once, I volunteer and did publicity, 2008, 2009, and 2010 the 25th festival plus took photos. One marvelous, fantastic, well-organized story festival done by volunteers for 30 years sharing professional performers from across the country and the Bay Area. A family of friends, which I hope regroups into another fantastic venue. Best of all, I bought 26 raffle tickets for my 26 stories written and posted for readers to enjoy. And beyond that, and beyond, guess what?  --> I WON THE hand-stitched QUILT, the LAST ONE, 30 YEARS of festivals and 30 years of quilts! APRIL 30 was a good day!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

ZOOM, an Amazing Adventure

Zoom, an Amazing Adventure, an original story - 1984
A to Z Blogging Challenge. DONE!
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ZOOM - An Amazing Adventure

ZEAL, zealous, zealot, zest, zestful —> ZANY

This ABC picture book started with the first graders I taught in Anchorage, Alaska, 1967 and 1968. I put up a list of words each day, and the students wrote a story or drew a picture. They were 5 or 6 years old; so in 2016 these children are now 48 to 50. I hope they have prosperous lives.

 Thank-you, story lovers for reading, may you have the most 😊 affable 😊 amazing 😊 adventure with your storytelling, verbal or written!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sparrow's Gift - Japanese Shinto Tale

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YONDER, youthful, yarn, young, yet —> YEARN

The Tongue-cut Sparrow or as I call the story, Sparrow’s Giftis a Japanese folktale that tells much about the Shinto beliefs, which are ancient, very ancient, and unwritten. The oldest records are from pieces of pottery showing birds, who were the Tarii spirits. The vital force is Komi, which is in all nature, everything is alive even rocks. To walk through the gate, Shinto - the medicine way, one must wash and then call the spirits. The ancients from 2,000 AD and earlier called this the Honey Way.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X-ing a STORY? Cock and Hen

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A to B Blog Challenge

 X-ING the act of crossing out something not liked, not good, not understood, not useful, or just -->  X

Some stories just don't fit the storyteller- and the Cock and the Hen is one for me.

A cock and the hen go to nut mountain with the agreement
each will divide the nut with the other.
Hen eats hers, and the big kernel sticks in her throat.
She asks the cock to get water.
The brook says it needs red silk before he will give the cock the water.
Cock gets the red silk after he fetches the bride’s garland from the tree.
By the time he takes the water to the hen she has died.
The cock grieves.

Six mice build a cart and pull the hen.
A fox talks to the cock and asks to follow.
Wolf, bear, stag, lion and all the beasts followed from the woods.
They come to a brook.
A straw lays itself across the stream but slips and the mice tumble and drown.
Coal lays across the stream but hisses and dies.
Stone touch by pity lays across the stream. Cock drew the dead hen across.
When drawing the others across, the cart turns over and all drown.
Cock builds a mound for the hen.
Then he lamented so sore that at last he dies.
And so they are all dead together.

Do you have any ideal what this story means or is talking about, or just guess, leave your comments below. Check my musing on wattpad for my take on the story.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Bear and Heavenly Son, Creation Myth - Korean

A to Z Blog Challenge
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Bear and Heavenly Son – Creation Myth from Korean

WORTH, want, wonderful, watchful, warm, whole, wealthy, willful, willing, wise, wonder, wanderer —> WORRIED

Welcome lovers of story!  Today’s story is about Bear, Tiger and the Heaven’s Son, a creation myth from Korean. Creation myths can be changed to suit the leaders of a country, as done by every, every conqueror since the early battles for territory. The victories broadcasted in paintings on rock, in temples, palaces, in verbal stories, then written, and now photographs, viewed in movies, on TV news, and now on our computers. Story changes to suit the place, time, and teller, as all good stories and history does. Can we believe what we hear or what we see? Some say we do believe what is written. I wonder, Why?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


A to Z Blogging Challenge
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The Silver Dragon and  Golden Phoenix and the Pearl

VALUE, vital, vivid, vigorous, virtue, valiant, virtue, vision, voice, valuable, valued, vigor, vibrant --> VICTIM

Welcome lovers of story!  Today’s story is about a pearl and its value to dragons and the moon.

Before there was anything, there was Yin, the heavy, material of the earth, and Yang, the light material of the sky, circling in chaos through the sky the might Milky Way. P’angu, the First Dragon was born from an egg that came from their chaos. P’angu gave us the Silver Dragon, the Golden Phoenix, the Unicorn and the Tortoise, and his dreams. When he died, P’angu  gave us China. He left his father Yang, the sky and Yang, and his mother the earth, Yin.

The ancients drew Queen Mother and King Father as serpents with human heads. As thousands of years passed, Yang became the King Father of the East. Yin became the Queen Mother of the West. Eventually, both became humans, dressed in the finest golden silk embroidered with dragons stitched with bright colors. They are Celestial Dragons that hold up the heavens and lived in the royal temple on a high golden mountain that reached 333 thousand feet high into the middle of the sky. They had nine sons and twenty-nine daughters. P’angu's brother drew the Sun God’s chariot through the sky. The Sun God helped the first Dynasty, yellow Dragon, The Sun God gave medicines and herbs and the five crop stone to the farmers.

After P’angu died his friends, the Sliver Dragon and the Golden Phoenix, stayed in the Milky Way, the universe. One day they found a stone and the Queen Mother wants the magic.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Farmer's Fest

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Farmers Fest -
English European Folktale

UPRIGHT,  useful, unusual, ultimate, unique, urge, usual, unlimited, upright, usual, understanding --> UNCANNY.
Welcome lovers of story!  Today’s story is about a farmer’s fest to invite the animals into his barn and service. A rooster does the bidding for the farmer, possibly for territory! While Raven does the warning about the farmer. A one of a kind folktale in Andrew Lang collection in the Brown Fairy Book. Once thought to violent for children. I read the books when in the 6th and 7th grades. I would bike to the West Side Library in Colorado City with my best friend. My reading scores went up from a non-reader to excellent plus I learned about the cultures of the Europe and Middle East. All that reading of Lang, Grimm, and the other great collectors and my grammar and spelling skills are my nemesis, or possibly because of the grammar and spelling from those times.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

How Fire Came to the Humans

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How Fire Came to the  Humans

TREASURE, terrific, tack, tasteful, trained, thrift, trustful, treat, tender, thrive, tolerant, thorough, tough, tremendous, thoughtful --> TAUNT, TRAGIC, TEASE, THREAT, TERRIFY

Welcome lovers of story!  Today’s story is from the ancient creative myths. These stories are from around the earth: Pele's fire given only to the gods, Kaang's warning, Prometheus' gift then punishment, and Humming bird gave fire to the trees causing distrust and tragedy for the animals. Remember, the ancient, primitive cultures traveled and traded wares. So story traveled as did the entrancing, taunting FIRE.

Friday, April 22, 2016


A to Z Blogging Challenge
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Julnar of the Sea,
Tales from the Arabian 1001 Nights

SPECIAL, stable, sensible, satisfied, sleek, splendid, soft, scholar, safe, strong, sturdy, shrewd, significant, supportive, steady, sensitive, strength, super, superb, social, smooth, swift, successful, sweet, sympathetic -->  SPOIL

Welcome lovers of STORY! Today story is about how to set-up a tradition tale for telling, the how-to made simple. Julnar of the Sea will be the example story, ancient and well crafted maybe too long and involved, a story within a story. The teller, Sacheherazade, had her motives for telling about Julnar. Of course, it is a story to create success for herself, a concubine, scholar and good storyteller. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Enid and Geraint

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Story from the Mabinogion, the Welsh Myths 

REASONABLE, radiate, realistic, refreshing, rogue, remarkable, responsible, refine, responsive, relish, reliable, royal, resourceful, respectable, robust -->  RAGE

Today’s story is about Knight Geraint, a irresponsible lover, who takes his wife, Lady Enid, on a long perilous quest to prove he is the grand warrior (her Night in Shining Armor) still worthy of her admiration. Told in first person with point of view from Lady Enid, who is the daughter of Earl Ynywl, and wife to Lord Geraint from the Arthurian Court. (added later). This is an ancient tale and versions cross between Wales and France - Brittany, a classic! Maybe a bit of Germanic influence included. Stories did cross with the traders, the troubadours, which rode in the trading routes.

Check out, The Mabinogion, The Welsh Mythology, the books of translation were by Lady Charlotte Guest. The site includes more Classic European Myths and Legends.

Another good site is Timeless Myths, Arthurian Legends, Erec and Enide,
Tales of the Knights, created by Jimmy Joe, all rights, 10/2006.

Rhyonna's Fright, a challenge

Rhyonna, after meeting her challenge, can fly.
Hey, Rhyonna's Flight has bloomed ! After 35 plus years of wording and critiques, the complete story then again revised and revised, the story is FINISHED as of April 2016.

Young and old,  lovers of the FaeryFolk,  Rhyonna is flying and wants you to read her story.

Order from, coupon #HY36M for 50% off.

Or buy at itunes/ibook, Barnes&Noble, Kobo stores--> under Bobbie Kinkead or Rhyonna's Fright.

Or Buy her paperback book at,
NOW,  availalbe for Kindle at AMAZON,com. --> launched on April 15th!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ruler of Birds

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Ruler of Birds,  an Irish Folktale

Q – QUICK, quaint, qualified, quality, quiet, quest --> quarrel - QUIT

The flight of birds is the envy of people because of the power to see the earth.

Wren Day, “The origin may be a Samhain or midwinter sacrifice and/or celebration, as Celtic mythology considered the wren a symbol of the past year (the European wren is known for its habit of singing even in mid-winter."  Wikipedia

“Wrann, Wrann, the Ruler of Birds” is a ballad. (Can't find it!)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Magic Paintbrush

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 The Magic Paint Brush 

P – PASSION, playful, peaceful, polite, patient, pleasant, powerful, poised, practical, precious, popular, prosperous, pleased --> POSSESSIVE

Ma LiAng is a Chinese legend, supposedly about a Emperor of that name, from the Golden Dragons (between 200 to 1800), the period of golden prosperity where young men studied the three perfections: Art, Poetry and Calligraphy and were call Dragons of the Court. A poor boy, Ma LiAng wants to learn to paint but has no money and family all killed in the many wars. Always he draws either in the sand or the wet dirt. Finally, he is given a magic brush by the Queen of the West, Mother of the Dragons. The brush can only paint for the ‘good of the people.’A greedy Emperor desires Ma LiAng’s magic, and will destroy to get what he covets: gold, dragons and the Phoenix.  I have used the story to tell what an artist does to create a work of ART!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tatsuko, Dragon Princess

A to Z Blog Challenge
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 OBEDIENT, original, orderly, okay, organized, outlandish, outstanding, obliged, observant, occupied, opinionated, open-minded, opportunist, own -- > OPPRESS.

Tatsuko, Dragon Princess
Japan was settled in the 16th-century by generals, who make Japan one very prosperous nation. The 17th-century saw the rise of Kyoto where the rich occupied the fantasy of fashion, courtesans, and eventually the geisha, which means persons of art: conversation, dance, music, preforming the tea ceremony, reading literature, and fine calligraphy, well educated. 1730’s Both men and women were Geishas. They entertained like the jesters in the European courts. By 1780s Geishas were mostly women under strict governmental regulation, not licensed prostitutes. Geishas lived in Tea Houses to offer their entertainments of the arts. The famous Japanese Tea Ceremony is associated with Geisha. Their fashions supported the merchants shops: the gown - the Komodo; fans; hair dressing and wigs; make-up; instruments, and musicians. The story of Tatsuko, Dragon Princess is about a poor maiden who gets her wish to become a rainbow dragon and brings gifts of fish to her mother and village.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hare in the Moon

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N – NOBLE, natural, neat, necessary, nice, needed, normal, nourishes, noticeable, notable ---> NOTHING

Why is rabbit associated with the moon when she is not a night creature maybe because that the moon is associated with woman power and rabbit is symbolized as a healer or MUSE.

Rabbit is in the Chinese zodiac and in their moon. Pangue, the first Dragon, died and leaves his body to make China. In doing so his left eye floated into the sky and became the moon, giving herbs to the peoples. Rabbit grinds up the spices and herbs for early medicines for the earthly people. Later the God of Farming changes rabbit into a Goddess, who gives medicines to the peoples of China.

So it is said this is one a Buddhist teaching tales from his 500 lives he had before he was born as Buddha. So being this tale is at least 3000 years old and beyond because travelers carry their stories from place to place, we as modern people discount this stream of verbal tale.

The rabbit or the hare is a popular mystical creature in the stories of the Nordic and Celtic tribes. Rabbit is a serving creature and is sometimes noted as a goddess with different names, a kin to Ostara, whose bird turns into a bunny that gave eggs to children “estrus”,  hense, our Easter bunny, the giver of eggs in spring.

Brave Rabbit also tricks tiger in the Korean folklore. Rabbit is the common folk and Tiger of the ruling class.

Rabbit serves by giving her life to us (her sacrifice) as in this telling where rabbit serves the great Japanese Sky God and saves her friends. HARE and the MOON

Friday, April 15, 2016

Eating Monsters

A to Z Blog Challenge
Tonight I walk by a monster.
It eats me.
Now, I am a monster. 
When I walk by a smaller monster, I eat it.
Now, I am a bigger monster.
I suck the little monsters from the bushes.
I eat them. Now, I am many monsters. 
We stroll down the streets.
We see only eyes.  We eat them.
Now, we see better.
Monsters are everywhere.
We eat them.
Now, we are everything.
I eat myself.
As darkness swallows, the sun raises.

See the whole post at, the Might Alphabet
This poem is part of the emotional Themes for the AtoZ Challenge.
Weird that I put Eating Monsters in the alphabet.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Poet and Peony

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The Poet and the Peony

L – LOVE, logical, limber, liable, lovely, lively, love, loyal, light, likeable, lucky, listens ---> LONELY

Since Li Chi and other brave warriors kept worms and serpents out of China, and after many wars, and the closing of the silk roads, comes  the age of the Golden Dragon, the Song Dynasty 400 to 1400 centuries. China was very prosperous.

A young scholar had completed his training in the three perfections, poetry, art and calligraphy. Prince Yu of China, with Turtle, a best friend of the first dragon Paguo, carved the Yellow River, they designed raging rapids over the steep rocks. Prince Yu said, “Whatever fish jumps rocks becomes a dragon.” So now this young scholar is a dragon of the Golden Court of the Song Dynasty. He seeks his health, fortune, and a love he never expected.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


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  K – KNOW,  kind, knack, kindred, kinetic, knowledgeable, keen, kindly ---> KIDDING

'Three times and your are out,'
 or best known as ‘The Boy who Cried, Wolf!'

'The boy who cried wolf! an Aesop Fable, which has many versions over thousands of year told as a cautionary, warning tale, an allegory about needing help vs attention getting and the consequences, which makes an ever lasting story true at all time. More resent books and websites with Aesop’s Fables are cute mainly for children, when these parables started in ancient times as adult cautionary tales or gossip from India through Greece, Aesop wrote them down, through Europe and to us.

The Aesop's Fable are save to copy but WHEN TELLING OR WRITING any STORY:
TIP: Check as many source as possible three at the most,  then compile together a story, storytellers can adapt, enhances, re-image, fabricate, embroidery, and modify any open domain folktale with fitting plot and characters to make a story with many variations. Think about all the stories seen read or heard with the theme, never call wolf, lair.
TIP: If the tale too well known, don’t stray for the pack! Create something new, a huge fabrication!
TIP: AND always give  . . . credit that is due to those who have gone before!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


A to Z Blog Challenge
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RHYONNA'S FRIGHT,  a joyful journey!

Now,  the last bit of the jibber and jabber from the jestful, jolly, jubilant spirits to have their story read.

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Tiger and the Fish

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I - ingenious, intelligent, imaginative, important, immersed, interested, involved, incredible, innocent, illuminate, impressive, intense, incite, industrious, idealistic, introvert, imitate, impulsive, incisive, influence, ignite  ---> IDLE.

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Rabbit, although very small, is to rib Uncle Tiger or intimidate the large beast into letting the Cousins live in peace, only to take what he needs, not to be greedy. The tale told in Korea spoke about the government officials who is Tiger, and the peoples under Tiger's rule, the cousins. The story is in three parts usually preformed in a dance with the drummers and string instruments, most of the time with a sense of humor as not to insult the officials. Both Uncle Tiger and Cousin Rabbit are in the Zodiac. Tiger is passionate, ambitious, brave, confident, impulsive, and powerful: he is third because he swam across the Yellow River. Rabbit is who fourth and sociable, generous, artistic, intuitive, and modest; she hopped across the Yellow River in the contest to see what animals would be in the Chinese Zodiac. Fish denotes good luck, and prosperity, plenty.