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Week 7 Story: The Real Story of the Lovers' Leap

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A long time ago lived a girl and a boy who were madly in love. But, like Romeo and Juliet, their families did not accept their love and forced them apart. This was due to the ancient family feud between the families (but that is another story).Of course, the lovers tried to sneak out and see each other, but they were always caught. They were miserable without each other!One day, they snuck out again and met in the woods. Just as they ran into each other's embrace, they heard shouting from not far away. They bolted together, trying to have a few more moments together. It was then that they decided to just wait patiently for the right moment. They stopped and kissed just as both fathers yanked them away.Days, months, and years went by as the lovers patiently waited for the right time to escape. It was on day 1982 that the girl's father thought she had forgotten about the boy.In celebration, he decided to throw a feast! He wanted to invite all of the other noble men in the town s…

Week 7 Reading Notes: Folklore of Laos, Part B

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The Legend of the Rice:ancient world, superfood=rice of larger grainswitch to larger ones every year (granaries)great haste angered widowrice broke into thousands of pieces--small grain (today)A Boy of the City Streets: boy saw 3 men come to gate of town, asked where the are goingmen said why is a boy speaking to usboy said he was just askingkidnapped boy and took him with themmen didn't have water but boy didmen got tired of carrying boy, sold boy for three slavesbuyers were from his cityThe Justice of In Ta Pome: three countries wanted to change stone to gold--worshipped Ta PomeTa Pome wanted each man to kill one of their children--cut up and put in jarChina=killed pig, Siam=kill dog, India=killed only sonreturn to Ta Pome: China=kill pigs for gold, Siam=plow earth for food, India=child resurrected--got to turn stone to goldThe Magic Well: old man sick and undiagnosedspirits told him to touch river's brinkwent to prince and told him of visionprince believed him--helped him get …

Week 7 Reading Notes: Folklore of Laos, Part A

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The Mountain Spirits and the Stone Mortars:spirits needed money so brought stone mortars to villagepeople didn't want because too expensive and uselessspirits were angry so they wanted villagers to help bring them back to top of mountainpeople didn't want to anger spirits but too heavy to pick uppeople paid spirits and the stones were left in placestill in same spot todayWhy the Lip of the Elephant Droops:man and women had 12 daughters they didn't love anymorefather made basket of rice with ashes at bottom--led daughters to jungle to hunt for gamefather made them try to construct bamboo water faucet, but he ditched them leaving the basketdaughters figured out they were abandoned and slept with wild beasts peacefullywomen appeared and got daughters to stay with her if they could watch her daughteronly rule=no play secret gardenone day girls go to garden--find human bones (women=cannibal)ask cow to protect them--all 12 jump in his mouthwomen asked cow if he'd seen girls,…

Week 6 Story: Whit Saves Lives

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Once upon a time lived a magical forest that was ruled by a great king. The king had three daughters who loved to play in the forest.One day, the daughters were walking to there favorite spot when they noticed an unusual red bird that was as big as the youngest daughter. The girls had seen numerous birds in this forest before, but none so fiery red and large before. They were terrified! However, the bird was fast asleep on a branch of the tree, so the eldest daughter quietly led the girls out of the forest and back to the castle.When they got back, the girls ran screaming to their father, the king, "Papa! Papa! There is a bird as red as blood and as big as Ella [the youngest girl]! He was invading our favorite play spot. Oh, Papa, we are so scared! Please do something so that we may return to our play!"The king loved his daughters very much, so he sent his guards after the giant red bird. After a couple days, the guards returned to the castle with the bird held captive.The k…

Week 6 Reading Notes: Jataka Tales (Babbitt), Part B

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The Stupid Monkeys:king gave holiday so he could go into city--getting monkeys to water trees for himmonkeys lived in king's garden--allowed to play, eat, and watermonkeys checked to see if tree had enough water by lifting them up out of ground (killing trees)The Cunning Wolf: people went to woods for holiday to get stuff to eatman went to go get fresh meat by lake--laid down and pretended to be deadKing of Wolves knew it was a trickhe went and pulled at his club and the man gave some resistance before getting upthe wolf had ran out of the way before getting hurttold man he knew he wasn't dead because he was holding onto clubman threw club at wolf and missed--returned home with no meatThe Stolen Plow: 2 traders: one lived in town, one in villagevillage trader took plow to town to be mended and left with friendtown trader sold it and kept money--told friend mice ate itvillage trader took town trader's son with another friend but didn't return with himtold town trader bird…

Week 6 Reading Notes: Jataka Tales (Babbitt), Part A

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How the Turtle Saved His Own Life:King put fished in lakeBoys found "demon" (turtle) and were scaredking ordered for men to bring turtle to palaceboys cried when it came and king ordered to kill itold man suggests drowning in riverturtle says that's the worst punishment of all (tricking him)survivedThe Turtle Who Couldn't Stop Talking: geese and turtle=very good friendsgeese ask turtle to fly to their home with themturtle can't fly but geese will take him if he keeps his mouth shutgeese took stick and turtle held on by his mouthchildren saw this and were laughing at turtleturtle responded but fell and diedgeese said i told you soThe Banyan Deer: gold deer with jewel eyes and silver horns, etc.king of herd of 500 in Banyan"monkey deer'=humans--forced Banyan into forest and would huntBanyan deer king asks to stop killing and do one Banyarn one day then a monkey deer the next and so onall agreedBanyan deer king volunteered in spot of a female deer who had bab…

Week 5 Story: My First Victims: Adam and Hawa

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While I have had many success stories, no story tops the very first one: the turning of Adam and Eve.Let me back up. I was cast out of heaven long before Allah created the first man. Then Allah created this botanical garden, so I decided to reside there.One day, Allah stirred up some dust and created a human being. It truly was a strange creature, but it was something new for me to play with, so I was just as happy. However, I had to wait 40 years and 40 days in order to start with my games, for that is when Allah breathed the life into him.I decided to sit back and observe the creature--who Allah called Adam--for awhile before messing with him. During my observances, Allah had split Adam in half to make another creature, this one smaller and prettier. I decided to push back my plans to observe the both of them some more.Boy, was that an entertaining idea! I had to pop some popcorn for all of the drama. The smaller human would not submit to Adam because they were made from the same du…