Tale of Woodcutter and the Tiger Korean folklore recalls the tale of a woodcutter who encounters a tiger in the woods. Fearing that he would soon be the tiger’s dinner, he exclaimed: “You must be my long lost brother! Our mother cried for you when you left home. She had dinner ready for you every night, waiting for your return. Sadly, our mother has just passed away. How happy she would have been had she known you are alive and well!” The woodcutter took out his handkerchief and pretended to wipe at his eyes. The tiger turned away, as tears fell down his cheeks, leaving the woodcutter unharmed. Every year thereafter, on Chesa, the memorial day of the woodcutter’s mother’s death, an offering appeared on her grave -sometimes a peasant, or even his mother’s favourite mountain berries. The woodcutter did not know where these offerings came from. One year, the woodcutter noticed that the customary offering had not been placed on his mother’s grave, and he wondered what had happened. Out from the bush, three baby tigers
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- Fall '10
- Angelica Magtibay