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Eilmer the Flying Monk

Main piece: There’s this, in the Abbey where my Gramps works, there’s a legend of Eilmer the Flying Monk. From what I remember, he is supposedly a monk who in the thirteenth century tried to fly by jumping off the roof of this abbey. And I don’t think he succeeded, but they call him the… Continue Reading »

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 »