Lord Jade Rabbit and the Girl Chunlan

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Oct 272011
 

Traditional Chinese Tales with a Twist

Stories of Lord Jade Rabbit of the Moon*

Lord Jade Rabbit and the Girl Chunlan

Lord Jade Rabbit

When Wu Gang decided to go to earth in a UFO, Rabbit became very peeved. Actually Rabbit’s full name was Lord Jade Rabbit of the Moon, but he preferred simpl[……]

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我的朋友黄鼠狼

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Oct 262011
 

中国神仙故事

我的朋友黄鼠狼*

黄鼠狼给鸡拜年

在老城里有一个大杂院,里面住了很多家人,还有一家黄鼠狼。院里有一个小男孩,叫张大龙。学校老师让写作文“我的朋友谁谁谁,”大龙就写“我的朋友黄鼠狼。”虽然大龙的作文只不过是说黄鼠狼是灭鼠能手,人类的朋友。但那以后他就出名了。别的班的老师都会背后指着他,小声说:“就是那个孩子,黄鼠狼的朋友。真神。”

其实住在大杂院里的人多半见过黄鼠狼,只不过他们跟黄鼠狼不熟,说不上是朋友。为什么大龙能跟黄鼠狼交朋友呢,还得说是因为这只黄鼠狼成精了。

黄鼠狼必须修炼很多年,才能成精,就是具备魔法。怎么修炼呢?一是得学运气,就是练气功。气功练好[……]

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My Friend the Weasel

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Oct 262011
 

Traditional Chinese Tales with a Twist

My Friend the Weasel*

Weasel says Happy New Year to Chicken

In the old city there is a large courtyard where many families live. In it there is also a family of weasels. In the courtyard is a small boy. His name is Zhang Dalong. When the school teacher[……]

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牛郎织女和喜鹊的故事

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Oct 252011
 

中国神仙故事

牛郎织女和喜鹊的故事*

牛郎织女

从前有一个小村子,村边有两家人,大人都得病死了,是传染病。一家剩一个女孩儿,叫齐巧儿。另一家剩一个男孩儿,叫牛郎。巧儿大三岁,她管牛郎叫牛弟弟。她像妈妈一样,照顾牛弟弟,给他做饭、做衣服。牛郎每天出去种一点地,放一头老黄牛。

巧儿大了。她很希望哪天能来一个白马王子,爱上她,带她离开这里,远走高飞,像鸟儿一样。她也喜欢牛弟弟,但牛弟弟太普通了。他骑老黄牛。即使他有一匹白马,他也不是一个白马王子。

巧儿的生活太贫乏了。她很向往漂亮的东西。秋收后她卖了些自己织的土布,有了钱,就给自己买了一些最漂亮的花布。这是那种别人做被面的红花布[……]

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The Buffalo Boy, the Weaver Girl, and the Magpie

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Oct 252011
 

Traditional Chinese Tales with a Twist

The Buffalo Boy, the Weaver Girl, and the Magpie*

Buffalo boy and weaver girl

A long time ago there was a small village somewhere in the Middle Kingdom. On the border of the village, there lived two families. All the grownups of these families had suddenly died of an epidemic. But i[……]

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老鼠新娘的故事

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Oct 242011
 

中国神仙故事

老鼠新娘的故事*

很久很久以前,玉皇大帝选生肖动物的时候,天才刚刚亮。猫说他想多睡一会儿,托好朋友老鼠替他报名,老鼠一口答应。到了玉皇大帝面前,老鼠却连提都没提猫的事儿,结果牛、羊、马、猪、狗、鸡,所有的人养的动物都入选了,只有猫没有被选上。老鼠由于他的聪明,倒当了十二生肖中的第一名。从那以后,猫就成了老鼠的敌人,见到就逮。而且规定每年正月初十,老鼠得把一只肥肥胖胖的母老鼠送给猫作新娘。婚礼在夜里举行,新娘要坐轿子去,轿子必须是绣花鞋改装的。母老鼠嫁到猫家之后怎么样了,就谁也不知道了。反正再也没有老鼠见过她们。有谣传说她们在婚礼上就被吃掉了。老鼠们提起这件事儿都是[……]

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The Mouse Bride

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Oct 242011
 

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The Mouse Bride*

Off to the wedding

It was a long, long time ago, when the Jade Emperor was selecting which animals would be part of the Chinese Zodiac. Early in the morning, when the the Emperor was to take applications for positions in the Zodiac, the cat said he would[……]

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麒麟和貔貅的故事

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Oct 232011
 

中国神仙故事

麒麟和貔貅的故事*

麒麟送子
图片来源: http://www.sdmuseum.com/show.aspx?id=1702&cid=76

放暑假了,一天晚上,麒麟身上鳞片红光闪闪,背上驮着两个竹筐来找表弟貔貅。一个竹筐里是一个婴儿,另一个竹筐里是尿布和奶瓶。

貔貅像只玩脏了的毛绒玩具狗,正无聊地坐在地上扣脚丫,同时拿个球往天花板上扔。

麒麟问:“干什么呢?陪我走一趟?”

“干吗去?”

“我妈让我独自去送子。知道吗?麒麟送子。给人家送小孩是我们麒麟的工作。妈妈说从今年开始,我可以独立工作了。今天是头一回。”说着麒麟转过他美丽的[……]

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The Story of Qilin and Pixiu

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Oct 232011
 

Traditional Chinese Tales with a Twist

The Story of Qilin and Pixiu*

Qilin delivers a baby

Source of picture: http://www.sdmuseum.com/show.aspx?id=1702&cid=76

Summer vacation had started. One night, Qilin came to his cousin Pixiu, carrying two bamboo baskets on his back. His scales glistened red in the moonlig[……]

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How to trap a mouse

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Sep 192011
 

mouse-trap

The “humane” mousetrap

Our cat Yoda brought in a mouse and let it go in the kitchen. It got into our medicine drawer and ate most of our Chinese cold medicine, which has a high sugar content. We wanted to get rid of the mouse but dreaded using rat poison or other nasty methods. Then I remembered[……]

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