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26 07, 2017

Rustem swims away – a story in the Shahnameh

By |2018-04-07T17:04:30-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

The Devil carries Rostem Like Odysseus or Anansi, Monkey or Br'er Rabbit, the Iranian hero Rustem was a trickster. He uses quick thinking to get out of this fix: Once when he was sleeping alone outside on the ground next to his horse Rukush, Rustem was trapped by the Devil, and the Devil started to carry him away. Rustem [...]

20 07, 2017

The Monkey and the Crocodile – Jataka Tales

By |2017-07-20T17:57:47-07:00July 20th, 2017|India, Literature|0 Comments

A monkey eating a mango Crocodile's mother asked him to bring her Monkey's heart to eat, so Crocodile tried to trick Monkey and get his heart. "Hey Monkey!" he said, "Let me swim you over to that island, to get some yummy mangoes!" "Sure thing!" said Monkey, and he hopped on Crocodile's back for a ride. [...]

4 06, 2017

Monkey: Journey to the West

By |2019-10-18T11:12:51-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Literature|0 Comments

These Buddhist figures are made of mammoth ivory   An early Chinese travel novel Wu Cheng'en (probably) wrote his novel, A Journey to the West, in the Ming Dynasty, in the 1500s AD. It's a fictionalized version of the true story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang. Xuanzang broke Chinese law and traveled to [...]