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| The forest song (a Greek legend)

Posted by admin at 2006, May 31, 11:43 PM
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Long ago the god Hermes looked down from his home on Mount Olympus and began to wonder what life on Earth must be like. At last he thought he should discover this for himself, and so he disguised himself as a shepherd and traveled to the forest of Arcadia in southern Greece. As Hermes stood upon the mountains watching over his flocks, he decided that he must marry and have a child, who became the god we know as Pan. Pan came into this world brimming with energy, every one of his senses alive and delighted by all that life offered. But, sadly, Pan was born a strange-looking creature, with pointed ears and horns sprouting from above his brows, his legs and feet like those of a goat, and with a scraggly beard and bushy brows and eyes that gleamed. He frightened those who came upon him, send ...

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| The mother's child (a European folktale)

Posted by admin at 2006, May 23, 11:54 PM
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Long ago, after the creator had made all the beings of the Earth and sea and sky, he called all the mothers and their children to gather. He wanted to study the creatures he had made. He wanted to look closely at their wings and arms, at their fur and fleece and hair. The creator knew that every one required proper nourishment, a suitable place to live and sleep, to hide and hunt, and he wanted to make sure that each of his creations would be warm during the wintertime, cool in the harshest heat, comfortable in the places they called home. Every mother came, and one by one they paraded their children before the creator. They nudged their offspring to swim or fly or strut, to show off their finest features. Every mother sighed delightedly as she watched her child. Owls hooted and opened th ...

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| The Bell of Atri (a tale from Italy)

Posted by admin at 2006, May 18, 12:29 AM
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Long ago there was a king in Italy who was known for his goodness and wisdom. King John of Atri believed in justice, and so one day he purchased a great bell.From the bell King John hung a long, thick rope that reached to the ground so that everyone - even the littlest child - could ring that bell.Then the king called all the villagers to the square to tell them the purpose of the bell of Atri."Listen closely," the king said. "You must ring this bell only when you have been wronged. When you ring it, our judges will gather in this square to hear your case."For many years King John's planned worked perfectly. Whenever the judges heard the bell, they gathered in the square to hear the case.After a while, whenever people thought to steal or lie, the memory of the sound of that bell and t ...

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| Robin Hood and Maid Marian (an English legend)

Posted by admin at 2006, May 9, 12:52 PM
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There was a time when Robin Hood, the famous outlaw, was not an outlaw at all but a nobleman, Lord of Locksley. He lived near Sherwood Forest, and it was in that forest where, one day, Robin went out hunting and came up on a maiden wearing a dress as green as the springtime leaves. There, he knew at once, was the woman he would always love. Robin learned her name was Marian. She was the daughter of the Earl of Fitzwalter, who lived in a castle not far from Robin's home. Soon he introduced himself, and before long he and Marian went out hunting together and naturally they fell in love. When Marian agreed to marry Robin, he thought he must be the happiest man in the world. But before they could marry, the sheriff of Nottingham cheated Robin out of his fortune, and with his change of luck, ...

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| The viziers' feast (a Turkish tale)

Posted by admin at 2006, May 5, 1:15 AM
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Once upon a time in Turkey, the villagers were complaining about their viziers, the local officials. "They never stop arguing," the people whispered to one another. "They'll argue about anything. They're all fools." Now the viziers heard the gossip, and so they decided they must prove they were not fools. One sweet spring day they walked together through the village. When they reached the outskirts of the village, they turned around to walk back. But just then one of the men spotted something shimmering in the field."What's that?" the first vizier asked. "It's a jewel," the second vizier declared. "Let us use this to buy ourselves a feast," the first vizier said. "We'll celebrate our comradeship.""No, let us ..." the second vizier began. "Why don't we..." began a third, but he ...

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