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The Crab and the Monkey

Informant: I got one. It’s a folktale from when I was younger.   Interviewer: Is it like, a Brazilian or a Japanese tale?   Informant: It’s Japanese… I don’t remember who told me the tale, it’s very common knowledge in Japan. It might’ve been in daycare. Does it matter?   Interviewer: Not really. What is… 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 »

Monkey in Silk Proverb

“Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda.” Trans: A monkey in silk is a monkey no less This proverb is one frequently mentioned by my mother and in Lima, in general. The interesting thing is that it is used to convey a slightly different (somewhat racist) message than its English equivalent. In… Continue Reading »