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Wonhyo and the Skull Water

Main Piece: The following was transcribed from a conversation between the interviewer and the informant. Informant: Korean culture is built on Confucianism and Buddhist teachings are very common. So a lot of proverbs, old sayings, and things like that nature are based on these concepts. A very famous story that’s even relevant today is Wonhyo…. Continue Reading »

The Story Behind Japanese Saying: 情けは人の為ならず (One Good Turn Deserves Another)

Main Piece: “There is a common saying in Japan, in Japanese it’s: 情けは人の為ならず. Original script: 情けは人の為ならず Phonetic (Roman) script: Nasake wa hito no tame narazu Transliteration: the good you do for others is good you do yourself. Full translation: One good turn deserves another.  It means when you do things for someone, it’s not for them,… Continue Reading »

The Monk and the Mouse

The tale: “So this monk was sitting on the beach when a kite fly, which I don’t really know what that is, but he saw a kite fly carrying a mouse and the mouse fell on the monk. So the monk wrapped the mouse with a leaf and took it home and prayed that the… Continue Reading »

Xuanzang and Journey to the West

Item: “I remember my grandma always talking about some Chinese monk and I never really pieced together until like… until I was much older that the show I watched was exactly that.” The legend of Xuanzang, a Chinese buddhist monk who traveled from China to India on a pilgrimage, lead to many stories, authored works,… Continue Reading »

Puri Ek Andheri Ne Gandu Raja – Indian Tale

Folklore Type: Tale   Informant Bio: Informant is my father.  He was born in Mumbai, India and moved to the U.S. when he was 22.  He still remembers many of the poems and songs from his childhood.  He is fluent in over five languages and provides the original folklore and translations below.   Context: I… Continue Reading »