Princess.Pari - THE FILIAL PRINCESS PARI source 5000 P&M pp...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
THE FILIAL PRINCESS PARI ( ) source: 5000 ( translation by E. Henry Long long ago in the land of Pulla, there lived a ruler named “King Ogu.” At the age of fourteen, King Ogu took a nineteen-year-old maiden named “Kildae” to be his queen, and made a divination which indicated that this union would result in a string of seven princesses. King Ogu was bewildered. However clarvoyant the fortuneteller might be, these words could not be believed. “How could that be right? One or two them must turn out to be princes, surely.” And so, thinking thus, King Ogu forgot the fortuneteller’s words and lived happily with his wife Kildae. And later on, when Madame Kildae gave birth, the baby was a daughter. King Ogu felt this was not important. “If the first child is a daughter, then surely the second or third will a son.” But a child was born every three years, and from the second to the sixth, each one was a daughter. King Ogu’s face turned white. The fortune teller’s words—that seven princesses would be born in a row—now seemed likely to be proved correct. Madame Kildae gave birth to a seventh child, but it was no different—This time also it was a daughter. King Ogu was overcome with rage. “I hate even the sight of her face! Throw the child into the sea!” King Ogu gave the name “Princess Pari” to his abandoned seventh child, and put both her and a piece of paper, on which was recorded the date of her birth and her social status, into a jade casket. His attendants set the jade casket afloat on the ocean, whereupon a golden turtle suddenly arose from the ocean and, taking the jade casket on its back, slowly swam off with it. When the casket arrived at an acean shore it was discovered by an old married couple. The old man and woman saw Princess Pari in the casket and were overjoyed. Knowing that we are childless, the Jade emperor of Heaven has sent us this cute little daughter.” “Haha, yes indeed, from now on we’ll bring her up very well.” The old couple took Princess Pari with them to their house and brought her up very devotedly. Princess Pari grew up very rapidly as the days passed. In the year that Princess Pari turned fifteen, King Ogu and Madame Kildae suddenly fell ill and became bedridden. They called in all the most famous doctors of the region and tried all the medicines said to be efficacious, but nothing availed; their illnesses did nothing but get worse. King Ogu called a soothsayer in and questioned him.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 4

Princess.Pari - THE FILIAL PRINCESS PARI source 5000 P&M pp...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online