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| Uwungelema (a Southern African tale)

Posted by admin at 2005, October 16, 11:30 PM
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Once in Africa, a drought hit the land, and the animals searched far and wide for food. They came upon a magnificent tree they had never before seen, teeming with fruit. After learning that the tree belonged to a chief who lived by the sea, the animals decided to ask permission to eat the fruit. "We'll send the hare," the animals decided. "He's very fast." So the hare sped his way to the sea."Excuse me, chief," said the hare, "please let us eat your tree's fruit." The chief replied, "Certainly, however, you must state the tree's name, which is Uwungelema, before you can eat the fruit." The hare then thanked the chief. He raced back home. "It is ours!" the hare cried. "All we must do is say the name of the tree, which is..." The hare looked puzzled for a moment. He shook his head, and the o ...

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| Acis and Galatea (a Greek myth)

Posted by admin at 2005, October 16, 11:27 PM
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Once upon a time, long ago, on the coast of Sicily lived a Cyclops named Polyphemus. Son of the sea god Poseidon, he was a monstrous creature. In the center of his giant forehead was one great eye. No one kept him company, and so he became lonely and furious. No passing ship could escape his harm.Then one day, Polyphemus caught sight of the lovely Galatea, and the moment he saw her, he fell madly in love. However, Galatea's heart belonged to a shepherd called Acis. Polyphemus was determined to win Galatea's love, and to this end, he forgot all his hatred.One day, Polyphemus began to play upon his pipes, which he had made out of a hundred reeds. The music echoed off the cliffs surrounding him and off the surface of the placid sea. When Galatea heard the sound, she froze."It is the giant. He ...

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| The year that Santa disappeared...for just a while

Posted by admin at 2005, October 16, 11:24 PM
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Long ago, a wicked wizard lived on the far side of the sunset. There he prepared spells to destroy happiness and laughter. One day he said to himself, "I must capture Santa Claus!" he crowed. "Then millions of people all over the world will be miserable!" Now, capturing Santa Claus was simple, for he was a trusting fellow. He was minding his own business, browsing through stores and market stalls, when, all of a sudden 一 WHOMP 一 he stepped into the wicked wizard's net trap. Up, up he went, whisked off the street, off the Earth, swept away to the far side of the sunset."Gotcha!" cried the wizard as he rubbed his hands together and danced up and down. Santa drew in a deep breath and stared at the wizard. "How could you do this?" he cried."It's wonderful, don't you think?" cackled the wizar ...

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| Frigga and the mistletoe (a Norse myth)

Posted by admin at 2005, October 11, 1:23 PM
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In ancient times, Frigga, goddess of beauty, love and marriage, sat working at her loom toward the end of the winter solstice. This particular solstice was special, for it was when she gave birth to her most beloved child, Baldur. Frigga's special talent was that she could divine the fates of men and gods. One day Frigga discovered her son was going to die young. Frantic, she made everyone and everything promise that they would not harm Baldur."We will spare him," they all promised. The gods sought amusement by hurling darts and stones and rocks at Baldur, but he always walked away unharmed. Now Loki, the mischievous god, began to tremble with jealousy. "Why should Baldur be so fortunate?" he asked. "Surely something can hurt him." Determined to find out, Loki disguised himself as a young ...

| The statues In straw hats (a Japanese legend)

Posted by admin at 2005, October 11, 1:20 PM
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Once upon a time a poor old farmer and his wife worked diligently all year long to save some money to celebrate the New Year. Alas, the day approached, and the couple had saved nothing."I know," the old woman said. "We'll sell my kimono." "Impossible," the farmer said. "It's your wedding kimono.""Yes," said the woman, "but rice cakes will give us good fortune for the whole year. Sometimes we must make sacrifices."Reluctantly the farmer agreed, and the next day, despite the falling snow, he set off for the village.He soon passed by a woman walking in the other direction. She carried a basket of hats, and tears streamed down her cheeks. "Dear woman," the farmer asked, "what is wrong?""Oh," she wept, "I went to the market, but no one bought my hats. On New Year's Day I marry, and I hoped to b ...


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