Chinese fables, especially the oldest, contain great teachings. They have been handed down from generation to generation and many of them survive to this day, running from mouth to mouth or, as in this case, from article to article.
They constitute a real form of popular literature. Many Chinese fables have never been transcribed, and they persist thanks to oral tradition. They represent a useful tool for transmitting the main values of oriental culture to the new generations.
In this article, we present three traditional Chinese fairy tales that show us how values or the lack of them lead to certain consequences. Enjoy the reading!
3 beautiful Chinese fairy tales
1. The seagull and kindness
It is said that in an ancient kingdom lived a rich and powerful man who loved seagulls. Every morning he got up and looked at the sea, towards which his palace overlooked. He remained there for hours, entranced, to contemplate those white birds that so amazed him.
One day he found a seagull on the terrace. Moved, he cautiously approached the bird, realizing that it was wounded. With all the sweetness possible, she took him in her arms and ordered her doctors to treat him. Luckily, the wound wasn’t too deep and the seagull healed quickly.
Enraptured by the animal, the man decided to keep it with him. He had the best dishes prepared for him… pheasant, exotic meats, delicious fruits and delicacies of all kinds. Still, the seagull ate nothing. The man tried to persuade him to eat, without success. Three days went by, then the bird died.
This Chinese fable teaches us that sometimes love is not love, but selfishness. The protagonist of this story believed that the seagull would like what he liked, ignoring his real needs.
2. The man who saw nothing more
In the ancient kingdom of Qi there was once a man with an insatiable thirst for gold. Unfortunately for him, he was very poor and his work did not allow him to get rich. In fact, he could barely make a living. Still, he lived obsessed with the idea of accumulating money.
The man knew that local traders filled the market pallets with their beautiful gold figures. Objects that were placed on splendid velvet sheets to allow the rich men of the city to pick them up and observe them. Sometimes they bought, sometimes they didn’t.
The man devised a plan to appropriate one of those beautiful golden figures that glowed in the sunlight. So one day, he dressed in his best clothes. He went to the market pretending to observe the gold pieces and, without thinking twice, took one and fled. He didn’t get far before he was captured.
The guards asked him how he had thought of stealing gold like that, in broad daylight and with hundreds of witnesses. The man replied that his thirst for gold had blinded him and prevented him from thinking. This Chinese fable tells of how blindness sometimes accompanies greed.
3. The lord who loved dragons
There was in China a man named Ye with an obsession with dragons. He loved the shape, the look. He was delighted to see the depictions of these incredible creatures as they spit fire from their mouths or subdue all the enemies they faced.
His admiration for dragons was such that he knew every legend about them. He had even had giant dragons painted on the walls and roofs of his home. A real temple dedicated to dragons.
One night a dragon’s head peeked out from one of the windows of his house. Without even giving Ye time to react, he began to breathe fire from his jaws forcing the man to run and scream all over the house. He fled, completely in shock with fright. This Chinese fable teaches us to love reality and not what we shape in our minds.
Chinese fairy tales are and always will be incredibly enchanting. They are the story of a millenary culture that has always given great importance to social values.