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| The Foolish old man (a legend from China)

Posted by admin at 2006, March 29, 8:26 PM
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Once upon a time an old, old man named Yugong lived in northern China between two enormous mountains. Taihang Mountain and Wangwu Mountain rose thousands of feet high and 70 miles wide, and they stood between Jizhou and the River Han.Yugong was a headstrong old fellow who often complained about those mountains. One morning, just before his 100th birthday, he woke and looked out the window. Staring at Taihang, he muttered, "That mountain is blocking my view."Then he turned his head slightly and looked at Wangwu. "How can I go anywhere when I have to walk around such a towering thing!" he said grumpily.All that day Yugong lay in bed worrying about what those mountains blocked from his sight. That evening he said to his wife, "I might see more beautiful vistas if those mountains ...

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| The fortune of Chelm (an Eastern European legend)

Posted by admin at 2006, March 21, 5:17 PM
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Long ago, all the villagers of Chelm gathered around their wise men to hear the news. "We have learned that across the desert there are bags of gold in a field awaiting us," the wise men said."Hooray!" the Chelmites shouted, and at once they began to dream of the fortune that would soon be theirs. They all agreed that all the young, strong men of Chelm must travel to fetch their treasure. They also agreed that they would take one wise man along, for the people of Chelm always relied upon the wisdom of their wise men. They departed at once, and at long last they arrived at a field, and sure enough, there lay bags and bags brimming with gold. "Astounding," Shlomo cried. "Remarkable, and ours!" Moishe agreed. The men sang joyfully as they loaded the bags upon their backs. Now the men ...

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