"All humans are members of the same body Created from one essence"

"Human beings are members of a whole in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain."

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Grace James's Green Willow

Ellen S. Shapiro in her introduction to Grace James's Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales (1987) summarizes some of the characteristics of Japanese folktales.

According to Shapiro, the stories include appreciation for the beauty and mystery of life, belief the power of the spirit to accomplish its will, and ridicule for pretensions.

Chinese culture influenced Japanese culture, and many Japanese tales are similar to Chinese tales. Dragons, for example, are common in tales from both countries. The tiger, usually considered a symbol of power, is a creature often found in Japanese tales.

Japanes folktales carry strong messages, such as kindness will be rewarded, creatures cannot survive when people held captive, honor is important, and sharing helps people through trouble.

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