Myths, Parables And Folktales

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  1. Cimorene

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    We come across stories that deliver a punch stronger than a boring sermon.
    So let's build our vault of ageless myths, delightful parables and traditional folktales.

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    This Jewish parable is my favourite.

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    In this story, a prince goes insane and believes that he is a rooster (or turkey.) He takes off his clothes, sits naked under the table, and pecks at his food on the floor. The king and queen are horrified that the heir to the throne is acting this way. They call in various sages and healers to try and convince the prince to act human again, but to no avail. Then a new wise man comes to the palace and claims he can cure the prince. He takes off his clothes and sits naked under the table with him, claiming to be a rooster, too. Gradually the prince comes to accept him as a friend. The sage then tells the prince that a rooster can wear clothes, eat at the table, etc. The Rooster Prince accepts this idea and, step-by-step, begins to act normally, until he is completely cured.

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    My interpretation:

    Sometimes you have to descend to the level of the obstinate and the imbecile to talk through, make them trust you, and dispel their fears and uplift.
     
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    That is the shortest and quickest story I ever heard.
    Would you mind to provide interpretation of such guttural heave.
    Or is it a placeholder like that hand kerchief people slip through the windows of approaching bus to secure a seat?
     
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    Hmm you didn't give me a chance, did you? I finally felt ready, had in my mind how I should even put it buttt... nevermind! : )
     
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    @kaniths means that you stole her thunder. :p Do you remember you had encouraged her to make a thread on these lines? : )
     
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    Shoo shoo mosquitoes!! Go away G ji!! Ha ha joking! Its okay Cim! :)
     
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    This is something I like! Should be here, will be here ;) My favorite part is the call out, especially the lone ranger one!!
     
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    I like fables n folklores! Even suggested it as an option when G ji asked for new puzzle theme ideas! I always wanted to share / discuss them in IL, happy there is this space or I would have spammed the puzzle thread with them eventually as its freestyle now! :)
     
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    Oh, I so love this. I have a handful of these parables that I use so often. Here it goes.

    Once upon a time, there lived a cruel king. He taxed people heavily. His tax scheme was that, every month, subjects need to bring a bag of rice and take back a bag of paddy. This went on for years. In his death bed, the king was feeling bad that no one likes him. So, he calls his son and says, "No one in the kingdom likes me. I don't know what you do, but I want all of them to praise me after I die". Leaving that as his final wish, the king dies.

    The son thought about it and then amended the tax scheme - every month, subjects need to bring a bag of rice and will take back a bag of husk! All the people immediately started praising the dead king, "What a generous man he was. He gave back a bag of paddy. This cruel prince is just giving us husk".

    I use this as an example whenever I want to make a point that "Don't complain how bad things are. It could be worse".
     
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