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Folk Tales Project
Transcript of Folk Tales Project
"The Man Who Was A Liar" On a pleasant spring day in China, in Xia times, a group of children were playing in the fields when they suddenly became very alarmed. In that time, it was tradition to confide your problems in the local wise woman, so the children ran to Loawnu’s house and exclaimed, “Loawnu, the sky is falling down!” Loawnu calmly consoled them, telling them that they needed to bring her the pieces of the sky so she could sew them together in time for the spring festival. As the children hurriedly picked up bits of sky, they soon realized not that all of the pieces were there. Again, Loawnu simply smiled. The next day, to the children’s relief, the sky was as it always had been. That night, however, the children were amazed to find the sky lit up, realizing with wonder that Loawnu had patched the missing sky with pieces of bright, twinkling light. By Callie Weakley, Courtney Cleary, Faith Tiller, and Megan McDuffee Is it Persia or Iran? The answer is Persia. Just because it sounds awesome Is it Persia or Iran? If your answer was Iran... you are very wrong. Would you like to know why? It's because it sounds cooler. Chinese Folk Tale From Turkey From China Indian Folk Tale Children envolved Venn Diagram Turkish Folk Tale Flat characters (man, children) Had a sad ending (the man's house burned down) Long ago in Persia a poor man was forced by his wife to earn better wages by becoming a false fortune teller in the market place of Isfahan. With luck on his side, he correctly helped the wife of the king’s minister find her lost ring. Later when the king’s forty treasure chests were stolen, the false fortune teller was sent for. The false diviner knew he had no fortune telling skills. So he slowly counted down the days unitl he would face the king by eating one date each day. The forty theives realized that the fortune teller was after them so they spied on him. They were tricked into thinking he was on the right trail and turned themselves in. They asked for mercy from the diviner. The diviner spared them and forced them to return the treasure. He was given two treasure chests in return and never told fortunes again. Persia Folk Tale
"Forty Fortunes" From China No children involved Common people envolved in folk tale(poor citizens, an old lady, and children in a village) Folk tale is fiction Flat characters(Ahmed, Jamell, king, old woman, and the children) Venn Diagram Happened long ago Told orally Happy ending (the sky was fixed adthe man got his treasure) From Persia Indian Folk Tale "The Blue Jackal" Summary This story is about a young jackal named Chandaraka that was chased into a washer man’s house by a pack of dogs. While he was hiding, he fell into a tub of blue dye. When he returned to the forest he told all of the frightened animals that God created him to rule over all the animals in the forest and named him Kakudruma. Kakudruma banished all the other jackals for he feared being recognized, but one day a pack of jackals raced by. When he howled along with them the animals realized his trickery and killed him. Teaches a moral (do not lie, respect your elders) Becoming the blue jackal He was King. Reveals that Indian people placed strong value on loyalty and honesty (the jackal dies because of his lies). Involves talking animals From India From China Venn Diagram Chinese Folk Tale Happened long ago Tale is from Asia Folk tale is fiction What does this story reveal about its culture? Reveals that Indian people believe if you leave one's own people one will perish (the blue jackal is killed because he banished his own people). India Children are involved in story. What does the story reveal about Persian culture? Women showing a little bit of skin when fully dressed was very improper People believed in fortune telling powers People went to public baths In this folk tale, Loawnu sews the sky back together, patching the sky with bits of light. This tale demonstrates many of the traditions and values that the Chinese people hold. It was custom for people to consult the local wise woman with their trials, as we see this is the children’s first reaction when they face a problem. The importance of festivals in China is revealed when the children become worried that the sky will not be fixed in time for the spring festival and the village will be disgraced. Honor is highly valued in China, both earning it, as the children tried to do by fixing the sky, and giving it, as the children and other villagers gave respect to Loawnu. The Chinese used legends and folk tales to explain things in nature that otherwise could not be explained. This tale explains how stars came to be in the night sky. Chinese Culture "Loawnu the Wise Woman" Each had common characters (common animals and common people) Used to explain a phenomenon in nature Ending was happy (the problem was solved and the sky was more beautiful than ever) Explained the miracle of stars in the night sky Stories like this one helped teach young children life lessons (use it as a model to show what happens to those who do wrong) Flat characters (other animals, the children) Setting: a washer man's house and the woods Nonspecific setting (a village, a forest) Setting: Loawnu's house and outside beneath the sky Used to explain something in nature Gruesome ending designed to scare children into not lying Happy ending (sky was fixed) Summary Chinese Folk Tale Persian Folk Tale Magic (sewing the sky, talking animals) No author Main character is the problem solver (Laownu sewed the sky back together) Story is fairly short China Setting: the market place of Isfahan Teaches a moral (elder people are wise) Taught a moral (do not lie, respect your elders) Used to teach a life lesson to young children Story is fairly short Involves magic (sewing the sky) Persia Folk tale is fiction Involves magic (she sewed light into the holes in the sky that she was mending Nonspecific setting (a village, a small town) Not a specific setting (a village) Main character is the problem solver (Old woman) Fairly long (four pages long) Fairly short (half a page long) From Asia The fortune teller thought to himself that the little bit of skin showing through the lady's dress was imporper Common people (man, children) People paid the fortune teller to tell them where thier things were believing the fortune teller actually knew where it was The man's house caught on fire. The story reveals that telling the truth is valued in Turkey. When the man lied, his family left him and he got fired from his job because he lied so much. People in Turkey rely on their neighbors for help. For example, the man went to go get help from the other villagers when his house was on fire. Turkish Culture Turkey Main character creates a problem (man) A problem that needed solving (where the treasure was, how to fix the sky) Main character is theproblem solver A little good verses evil (the theives against the king) Main character is the trickster Story states that people bathed in public bathes when the poor man's wife went to bathe at one. The man in the story pretended to be a fortune teller. Iran is modern day Persia.
A man who lived in a small town was known for being a liar. He began to tell lies to his family and his customers. Eventually, he lied so much that he lost his job, and his family left him. One day, a fire started in his home. He went to go get help, but nobody believed him when he said his house was on fire. His house burned down, and he was left homeless. Summary Both the Indian and Turkish folk tales emphasized the importance of honesty. They placed value on telling the truth. Cultural Similarities