Kintaro Folklore From Japan

Kintaro Folklore From Japan
A long time ago, there lived a special boy. His name was Kintaro. He lived with his mother on Mount Ashigara.Kintaro's father died when he was a baby.

What was so special about Kintaro?
Well, he was very strong. Though he was a kid, he had a power of 100 adult men! Besides that, he was also able to talk to animals. No wonder he made friends with all animals. His mother did not know how Kintaro got his special ability. One thing for sure, she was so grateful that her son was obedient and helpful. He always helped his mother and his neighbors.

During his free time, Kintaro often played with his animals friends. He liked to have fun with them. One activity that he often did with the animals, was doing sumo. It is Japanese traditional wrestling.

Not a single animal could beat Kintaro. He was too powerful for them, however there was animal that wanted to challenge him. The animal was the bear! he was an arrogant animal. He had never met Kintaro, he just heard that there was a strong boy, who was able to talk to animals. He was curious to beat Kintaro in sumo.

“I want to challenge you in sumo!“ said the bear when he finally met Kintaro.
All the animals that heard the bear, were silent. They were so amazed to see how big the bear was. They all were wondering if Kintaro could beat the bear.

Kintaro was just smiling. “All right, I will accept your challenge!“ It did not take lots of time for Kintaro to beat the bear. He could easily win the wrestling! All the animals were cheering. They were happy that Kintaro was the winner. They did not like the arrogant bear.

Kintaro did not know that someone was watching while he was wrestling with the bear. He was a Samurai. A Samurai is a member of a powerful military class in traditional Japan.The Samurai was accompanied with his men.

“You are very strong. I'm impressed,“ said the Samurai.
“Thank you, Sir,“ replied Kintaro politely.
“Listen, I'm looking for some new members for my team. We're going to fight an ogre in Mount Oe. We don't want the beast to hurt us. Therefore, we have to kill the Ogre soon,“ explained the Samurai.
“If I join you, can I be a warrior?“ asked Kintaro.
“Sure you can.“
“Well, let me go home now and I want ask permission to my mother.“
Kintaro's mother let him go. She also told something, a secret that she never told him.
“Your father was a warrior. He was a great warrior. I'm sure you can be as great as he was,“ said the mother.
“How did he die, Mother?“ asked Kintaro.
“An Ogre killed him,“ said his mother sadly. Kintaro was angry! He knew, he had to kill the Ogre before he killed more humans.

Finally they arrived at Mount Oe.They met the Ogre. Though he was still a kid, Kintaro was brave. He finally killed the Ogre. The Samurai was happy. He asked Kintaro and his mother to live in a castle. When Kintaro adult, he finally became a warrior. His mother was right, Kintaro became a great warrior just like his father. Source : Media Indonesia, 16/11/2014, Page 20

Greedy Anansi FOLKLORE FROM WEST AFRICA

A long time ago, there was an old woman living with her children. One of her children was Anansi. He was a lazy boy.He never wanted to help his mother.Unfortunately, he was greedy. He never wanted to share his food with his brothers and sisters.
One day, Anansi was very hungry.There was no food in the house. So he went outside, he hoped that he could find something to eat.

Anansi went to the sea. He wanted to catch some fish. Suddenly, from a distance he saw a green island.“There must be lots of food there,“ he thought.

Anansi rowed a boat and arrived in the island. There was a hut, Anansi knocked the door and an old man greeted him.
“What can I do for you, Young Man?“ I'm hungry, can you give me some food?“ asked An ansi.
“I have some thing better than food. Here, take this pot. Give this to your mother. When you and your family are hungry, just say: Dear Pot, whatever you give to the Old Man, please give it to me,“ explained the Old Man.
Anansi went home.

However he did not give the pot to his mother. Instead, he hid it in his room.
Then he silently said, Dear Pot, whatever you give to the Old Man, please give it to me.“
Amazingly, there was a lot of food inside the pot. Anasi was extremely happy. He ate all the food. After that he secretly hid the pot.

Time went by and Anansi became fatter. His mother was so suspicious.
“How can he be fatter? His brothers and sisters are thin. I think we don't have enough food to make him fat like that,“ thought the mother.

The mother wanted to find out. She had a plan. “Anansi, let's go to the market with me and your brothers and sisters.“
“I can't, Mother. I'm not feeling well,“ replied Anansi. Well, he always gave an excuse not to help his mother.
Later, the mother and his children left the house. However, the mother came back home. She carefully went inside and when she was in front of Anansi's room, she heard his son said, “Dear Pot, whatever you give to the Old Man, please give it to me.“
She heard Anansi was busy eating. “How did he get the food?“ she thought.

On the following day, Anansi left the house. The mother immediately went to his room. She finally found the pot! She did exactly what Anansi said, “Dear Pot, whatever you give to the Old Man, please give it to me.“

She was very surprised when she found lots of food inside the pot! She gave the food to his children.The mother did not only give it her children, she also gave it to her neighbors.Unfortunately, the pot stopped giving her the food. So she returned it to his son's room.

When Anansi came back, he took his pot and said, “Dear Pot, whatever you give to the Old Man, please give it to me.“ Sadly, the pot did not give him any food. Anansi was upset. So he went to the Old Man's house. He wanted to ask him to give him another pot.
“Did you give the pot to your mother?“ asked the Old Man.

“No, I didn't.“I have something better than the pot. Here, take this stick and say: Dear Stick, whatever you did to the Old Man, please do it to me.“

Anansi was impatient. He immediately said, “Dear Stick, whatever you did to the Old Man, please do it to me.“

The stick moved and hit him! Anansi asked for help but the Old Man didn't do anything. He just said, “That's your punishment for being greedy and lazy!“ Anansi was crying. He promised that he would not be greedy and lazy anymore. After that, the stick stopped hitting him. Anansi immediately went home. Since then he became a good son. Media Indonesia, 9/11/2014, halaman 21

The Story of the Tongue FOLKLORE GHANA

A long time ago, there was a village. The people lived happily and peacefully. They had a leader.The village chief was a wise man. He was humble and was willing to learn from others. His people loved him very much.

It was in the morning. The Chief asked his Servant to go to the market to buy something for dinner.
“What would you like to eat, Sir?“ asked theServant politely.
“Hmm... I think I want to eat meat. Yes, please buy the best meat you find in the market,“ asked the Chief.

“And the price, Sir?“ “I don't care with the price. Buy me the best and the most expensive meat in the market,“ replied the Chief“Yes, Sir,“ said the Servant dutifully.

The Servant immediately went to the market. Later she went home and brought apiece of meat. It did not look good.

The Chief asked, “What kind of meat is this? It doesn't look good.“
The Servant answered, “It's a tongue of a cow,Sir. Don't worry, although it doesn't look good Iwill cook it and make it delicious for you.“

The Chief nodded. He knew his servant wasvery good at cooking. He fully trustedher.
Later the Servant gave him therest of the money. The Chief counted the money and said, “The meat is very expensive.“

“Yes, Sir. You said that I had to buy the most expensive meat. So, this is the most expensive one,“ explained the Servant.

Then, the meat was cooked. The Chief tasted it. He was smiling. He said, “You are right! This meat is so delicious. Thank you very much.“ The servant was smiling when her master complimented her.
On the following day, the Chief again asked the Servant to go to the market.

“I really enjoyed eating the tongue of the cow you bought yesterday. Now, go to the market and buy the best and the most expensive cow's tongue,“ asked the Chief.

The Chief gave her the money and soon the servant went to the market.
When she went back home, the Chief looked at the cow's tongue she bought at the market. It looked exactly the same as the tongue she bought on the previous day.

The Chief said, “I know it doesn't look good. But I'm sure you can cook it and make it delicious.“
The servant just nodded her head.

Later, the meat was served. The Chief immediately ate it. However, he was not happy with the meat.
The Chief asked, “I asked you to buy the best and the most expensive cow's tongue, just like you did yesterday. But why this tongue is not delicious?“ The servant politely said, “Because it's a tongue, Sir.“

The Chief looked confused. He asked, “I don't understand. What do you mean?“ “The tongue can be good or bad, it depends on the words or sounds heard by others. If a person's words are kind and sweet, the tongue is good. We are also happy to hear them. However, if the words are hurtful and painful, they can bring sadness and anger. That means the tongue is bad,“ explained the Servant.
The Chief was smiling. He was so happy to hear that.

“It's very beautiful. I just got an important lesson from you. Thank you very much,“ said the Chief. Media Indonesia, 12/10/2014, halaman 21