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 HISTORIES

H'M THESE ARE A BIT DIFFERENT





Wow here's some fun, I wonder what you will make of it all. xxx


BEING AS IT'S THE START OF THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT FOR CHINA,
SARAH DECIDED TO POP OVER THERE TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING

RABBIT N WOLF

Remember, Not everything is what it seems. he, he, heSmile
dragon

Chinese New Year:

London's Chinatown prepares for Year of the Rabbit

                  Chinatown in London prepares for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Chinese lanterns are strung in front of a Chinese arch on Gerrard Street



Chinese New Year:

London's Chinatown prepares for Year of the Rabbit

                                     A rabbit shaped cake is displayed in the window of a bakery

Chinatown in London prepares for the Chinese New Year celebrations. A rabbit shaped cake is displayed in the window of a bakery

Chinese Zodiac - Rabbit

Personality

Occupying the 4th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rabbit symbolizes such character traits as creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also prefer to avoid conflict. In confrontational situations, Rabbits approach calmly and with consideration for the other party. Rabbits believe strongly in friends and family and lacking such bonds can lead to emotional issues.

 Their serene nature keeps Rabbits from becoming visibly upset. Because they’re serene animals, Rabbits are easily taken advantage of. Their sensitive nature makes them shy away from aggressive or competitive situations. They’re overall conservative and not interested in taking risks.

 Classy, sophisticated, expressive, well-mannered and stylish, those born under the Sign of the Rabbit enjoy leaning about cultural issues and learning about people from other countries. Rabbits are most comfortable being home, and their homes are always neat and organized. Home is also where Rabbits prefer to entertain. Rabbits are conservative in their decorating tastes.

 Rabbits should work at building more self-confidence and self-worth so they can feel more secure. The desire for remaining in safe, comfortable environments keeps Rabbits from taking risks which sometimes causes them to miss out on good opportunities.

Health

Even though Rabbits don’t usually get visibly upset or stressed, they do tend to keep these feelings inside. When they don’t express these feelings, such feeling can cause Rabbits to become ill. Rabbits could benefit from more everyday activity which would reduce their stress levels and better their health.

Relationships

Rabbits are very sexual, but tend to give more of themselves than they should. This can lead to unrealistic expectations and unhealthy situations. Rabbits need partners who won’t take advantage of their giving nature. Such pairings will be strong.

Career

Rabbits are articulate and good communicators which is why friends and acquaintances seek out their advice. It’s also why Rabbits make excellent diplomats and politicians. Other good careers for Rabbits include: writer, publisher, actor, fashion designer, therapist, doctor, administrator, public relations, and teacher.

Rabbits and the 5 elements

Metal Rabbits – Years 1951 and 2011

Metal gives Rabbits more strength, resilience and determination. Metal Rabbits are more intense in their actions, whether they’re work-related or romantic.

Water Rabbits – Years 1903 and 1963

Like the currents, Water Rabbits prefer to go with the flow, avoiding conflict at all costs, even in situations that are bothersome. It’s easy to take advantage of Water Rabbits. They’re very supportive of others.

Wood Rabbits – Years 1915 and 1975

Wood Rabbits occupy their time doing for others; always feeling the need to make others content. This generosity is easy for others to take advantage of and sometimes Water Rabbits don’t even realize is happening.

Fire Rabbits – Years 1927 and 1987

Fire adds spark to the Rabbit’s personality and all that Fire Rabbits do. Fire compels Rabbits to seek new adventures. Prone to tantrums, Fire Rabbits prefer to avoid conflict.

Earth Rabbits – Years 1939 and 1999

Earth Rabbits are grounded in reality. Their advice can be harsh, but honest. Home life is important to Earth Rabbits as are money and material goods.

Compatibility

The Rabbit is most compatible with the Pig and Dog and incompatible with the Rooster and Rat.


A shopkeeper arranges Chinese New Year decorations in Tainan, southern Taiwan: World's largest movement of humanity begins as 700 million Chinese head home for New Year
 
A shopkeeper arranges Chinese New Year decorations in Tainan,
southern Taiwan Photo: REUTERS

Sarah can speak many languages


SARAH SAGE WELCOMES YOU ABOARD HER TIME MACHINE

SHUSH SHE MIGHT HEAR YOU!
Now do try to be as quiet as you can while you are here, if you disturb the cat on her wall, she will lock the door and go on a journey by herself.
 But if you join in and sing some songs she will take you off in her machine for a real adventure.




Did you all enjoy the songs, I think Mr Peter Wetherall is wonderful, he has many more lovely songs on his own website. Just follow his address
Sarah
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presents                           
http://www.elfwood.com/art/b/r/brommers/fairy_in_hand
 
SARAH DANCE

Sarah dance - on the palm of my hand,
Sarah dance - where the sea me
ets the land,
Sarah dance - in my twinkling eye,
Sarah Dance - beneath the blue sky.

Sarah laugh - with your white teeth like jewels,
Sarah laugh - like a frog with two pools,
Sarah laugh - as you twirl round and round,
Sarah laugh - then collapse in a mound.
glitter fairy
Sarah jiggle - in a sequinned fairy dress,
Sarah wriggle - with your hair in a mess,

Sarah pout - with lipstick on your lips,
Sarah shout - with polish on your finger tips.

Sarah dance - 0n the palm of my hand,
Sarah dance - in a mystical land,
Sarah dance - in my twinkling eye,
Sarah dance - beneath the blue sky.



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Thankyou to the Kids Wild Life Club for this wonderful Picture, click on picture for website details.

 THE TIGER WOMAN OF THE JUNGLE

          In Burma there are two races of people. One race lives in villages and tills the ground; the other race lives among wild beasts in the jungle on the hills.
          One day a villager set out for the hills, where he found a beautiful hill woman, whom he led to his village and married. For a time they lived happily and had a little baby girl. But the baby died, and the villager began to neglect his wife.
        Coming home late one night he found his hut empty, and about it were the the marks of a tigress's feet. He knew what had happened. His wife had changed back into a tigress and gone back to the jungle.
         All the deep love for her returned, and he set out again for the hills, taking with him the clothes of the dead baby. He followed the tracks of the tigress until he came to a cave, and there he saw the eyes of the wild beast blazing in the darkness.
       He was not afraid. He put down the baby's clothes at the mouth of the cave, and the tigress leaped out upon him. But when she saw the clothes of her little
dead
girl her heart was melted. Then instead of killing the villager she suddenly changed into a woman, and flung her arms about his neck. Together they went back joyfully to their empty hut.

Sarah               Sarah can speak many languages
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SARAH SAGE

The first printing of the rhyme was in an

1881 edition of Mother Goose:

Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose illustration of children playing the game (from Project Gutenberg).    Ring-a-ring-a-roses,
   A pocket full of posies;
ashes! ashes!
    we all fall down.

Sarah would like to welcome you to her journey's around the world, she so loves her travelling, but most of all she loves the stories the people tell her. Stories that have been passed down by the retelling from generation to generation. Of course during the passing down, many of them would have been changed and as Sarah often goes back in time, her stories might be a little different. But not to worry when you retell these stories to your children, you might change a name, or a location. You might even add a little bit or even lose a little bit that you thought might have been to horrible. We will never know. So just sit back and relax and let Sarah tell you some of the stories from the people of far off lands.

     

TTHE STAR MAIDEN.


HE Ojibways were a great nation whom the fairies loved.

Their land was the home of many spirits, and as long as they lived on the shores of the great lakes the woods in that country were full of fairies.

Some of them dwelt in the moss at the roots or on the trunks of trees. Others hid beneath the mushrooms and toadstools.

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"ALAMAT"

This is an ancient Visayan account of the creation.

Thousands of years ago there was no land nor sun nor moon nor stars, and the world was only a great sea of water, above which stretched the sky. The water was the kingdom of the god Maguayan, and the sky was ruled by the great god, Kaptan.

Maguayan had a daughter called Lidagat, the sea, and Kaptan had a son known as Lihangin, the wind. The gods agreed to the marriage of their children, so the sea became the bride of the wind.

Three sons and a daughter were born to them. The sons were called Likalibutan, Liadlao, and Libulan, and the daughter received the name of Lisuga.

Likalibutan had a body of rock and was strong and brave; Liadlao was formed of gold and was always happy; Libulan was made of copper and was weak and timid; and the beautiful Lisuga had a body of pure silver and was sweet and gentle. Their parents were very fond of them, and nothing was wanting to make them happy.

After a time Lihangin died and left the control of the winds to his eldest son Likalibutan. The faithful wife Lidagat soon followed her husband, and the children, now grown up, were left without father or mother. However, their grandfathers, Kaptan and Maguayan, took care of them and guarded them from all evil.

After a time, Likalibutan, proud of his power over the winds, resolved to gain more power, and asked his brothers to join him in an attack on Kaptan in the sky above. At first they refused; but when Likalibutan became angry with them, the amiable Liadlao, not wishing to offend his brother, agreed to help. Then together they induced the timid Libulan to join in the plan.

When all was ready the three brothers rushed at the sky, but they could not beat down the gates of steel that guarded the entrance. Then Likalibutan let loose the strongest winds and blew the bars in every direction. The brothers rushed into the opening, but were met by the angry god Kaptan. So terrible did he look that they turned and ran in terror; but Kaptan, furious at the destruction of his gates, sent three bolts of lightning after them.

The first struck the copper Libulan and melted him into a ball.
The second struck the golden Liadlao and he too was melted.
The third bolt struck Licalibutan and his rocky body broke into many pieces and fell into the sea. S
o huge was he that parts of his body stuck out above the water and became what is known as land.

In the meantime Sarahthe gentle Lisuga had missed her brothers and started to look for them. She went toward the sky, but as she approached the broken gates, Kaptan, blind with anger, struck her too with lightning, and her silver body broke into thousands of pieces.

Kaptan then came down from the sky and tore the sea apart, calling on Maguayan to come to him and accusing her of ordering the attack on the sky. Soon Maguayan appeared and answered that she knew nothing of the plot as she had been asleep far down in the sea. After a time she succeeded in calming the angry Kaptan. Together they wept at the loss of their grandchildren, especially the gentle and beautiful Lisuga; but with all their power they could not restore the dead to life. However, they gave to each body a beautiful light that will shine forever.

And so it was the golden Liadlao who became the sun and the copper Libulan, the moon, while Lisuga's pieces of silver were turned into the stars of heaven. To wicked Likalibutan, the gods gave no light, but resolved to make his body support a new race of people. So Kaptan gave Maguayan a seed and he planted it on one of the islands.

Soon a bamboo tree grew up, and from the hollow of one of its branches, a man and a woman came out. The man's name was Sikalak and the woman was called Sikabay. They were the parents of the human race. Their first child was a son whom they called Libo; afterwards they had a daughter who was known as Saman.

Pandaguan, the youngest son, was very clever and invented a trap to catch fish. The very first thing he caught was a huge shark. When he brought it to land, it looked so great and fierce that he thought it was surely a god, and he at once ordered his people to worship it. Soon all gathered around and began to sing and pray to the shark. Suddenly the sky and sea opened, and the gods came out and ordered Pandaguan to throw the shark back into the sea and to worship none, but them.

All were afraid except Pandaguan. He grew very bold and answered that the shark was as big as the gods, and that since he had been able to overpower it he would also be able to conquer the gods. Then Kaptan, hearing this, struck Pandaguan with a small lightning bolt, for he did not wish to kill him but merely to teach him a lesson. Then he and Maguayan decided to punish these people by scattering them over the earth, so they carried some to one land and some to another. Many children were afterwards born, and thus the earth became inhabited in all parts.

Pandaguan did not die. After lying on the ground for thirty days he regained his strength, but his body was blackened from the lightning, and his descendants became the black skinned tribe (the Negritos).

As punishment, his eldest son, Aryon, was taken north where the cold took away his senses. While Libo and Saman were carried south, where the hot sun scorched their bodies. A son of Saman and a daughter of Sikalak were carried east, where the land at first was so lacking in food that they were compelled to eat clay.

 Sarah can speak many languages
    
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Sarah
Sara found these little facts when she
visited China on the internet.


Ice cream was invented in China around  2000BC

when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow.

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China is the fourth largest country in the world.  
China is sometimes a day ahead of the United States.

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The Chinese year is based on the cycles of the moon.   Chinese Astrology
This is called a lunar schedule. 
A complete cycle of  the Chinese calendar takes 60 years. 
The Chinese calendar dates back to  2600 B.C. 
It is the oldest known calendar.

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Each year is represented by an animal. 
There are twelve animals which represent the twelve months.

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According to readings Buddha named the years after the twelve animals
that came to visit him before he left the earth. 
The Chinese believe that you have some of the characteristics of the animal
representing the year in which you were born.     

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Chinese DollsWhen a Chinese child loses a baby tooth,
it doesn't get tucked under the pillow for the tooth fairy. 

If the child loses an upper tooth,
the child's parents plant the tooth in the ground,
so the new tooth will grow in straight and healthy. 

Parents toss a lost bottom tooth up to the rooftops,
so that the new tooth will grow upwards , too.

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It is considered good luck for the gate to a house to face south.

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We know that the Chinese grew rice as long as 5000 BC
Archaeologists have found rice grains in farming tools and pots from that period.

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Long ago, silk making was a closely guarded secret.  
Anyone who gave the secret away could be killed.

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Red is considered a lucky color in China. 
At one time wedding dresses were red. 
New Year's banners, clothing, and lucky money envelopes are still red.

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with thanks for these little facts, they are wonderful.
 http://www.tooter4kids.com/china/fun_facts_about_china.htm

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At one time Chinese patriots hoped to rid themselves of hated foreign conquerors.  Moon-Cakes from China
To announce the time of an uprising, the patriots hid messages in moon cakes.

Mooncake Recipe - A recipe for mooncakes,
the Chinese snack traditionally served during the Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival.
Prep Time: 20 minutes.  Cook Time: 20 minutes.  Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
Filling:
1 pound red azuki beans
water
3/4 cup lard or oil
1-3/4 cups sugar
Water-Shortening Dough:
2 cups flour
5 tablespoons lard
10 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
Flaky Dough:
1 cup flour
5 tablespoons lard
red food coloring for design

Preparation:
Filling Instructions: Soak red beans in water to cover 2 hours. Drain and discard the water. Cover with 8 cups fresh water and bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat 1-1/2 hours or until skins open. Strain the beans and discard the skins. Place the strained beans in several layers of cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess water.
Place in a saucepan with the lard or oil and the sugar. Cook, stirring continuously, until almost all the moisture has evaporated. Let cool.

Dough Instructions: You will need 2 cups of filling for the mooncakes. Divide this into 20 portions and shape into balls.Mix ingredients for the water-shortening dough and the flaky dough separately until smooth. Divide each dough into 20 equal portions.
Wrap one portion of flaky dough inside each portion of water-shortening dough. Roll out each piece of dough, then fold in thirds to form three layers. Roll out again, and once more fold in thirds to form three layers.
Flatten each piece of dough with the palm of your hand to form a 3" circle. Place one portion of filling in the center. Gather the edges to enclose the filling and pinch to seal. Place the filled packet in the mold, gently pressing to fit. Invert and remove the mold.
Dilute red food coloring with water and pour onto a damp paper towel on a plate. Take some food coloring onto the cookie-design stamp, then press on top of the mooncake.
Repeat process for remaining mooncakes. Arrange mooncakes on a baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool before serving.
                            dragon

 
Printing and paper-making are two of the most famous of China's technological advances.


In 105 A.D., Cai Lun, the Emperor's Inspector of Public Works,
reported that the Imperial workmen had succeeded in making an economical and practical paper.
 Like paper, printing has an ancient heritage.
The first Chinese printers carved pictures or writing into flat wooden blocks. After the carved blocks were rolled with ink, paper was pressed onto them.

 To make a Printing Block of your own;  You will need:

* Small, sharp kitchen knife (to be used by an adult)

            * 1 small, unpeeled potato.                
            * Marking pen
            * Small sponge            
            * C * Rulers.   
            * Water    
  
            * Paper
     
            * Tempera or acrylic paint     
* Newspaper  
* Cutting board.     

                   
       1. Ask your adult helper to cut the potato in half.
With the marker, draw the shapes (your initials, a Chinese pictograph or stars and moons) you want on the cut side. Remember the stamp will print backwards, so cut out letters like B and S backwards.

     2. On the cutting board, ask your adult helper to carve away the potato around the stamp you drew. Your design should stick up about 1/4 inch.
Sarah3. Dampen the sponge and dip it in paint.
4. On the newspaper, press your stamp against the sponge.

 
Then, press the stamp against your paper.

    
         
The Beginning of the Circle. The Rat

  The Twelve Animals' calendar system is a way to help you count the year in China, which means every twelve years will be a cycle.
 These twelve animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse,  Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.


You may ask who decided the order of the twelve animals in the system? According to the Chinese legend, the God was asked to hold a contest to decide. Whoever reach the opposite bank of the river would be the first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.


All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox' s back, and won the race.
The pig, who was slow, ended up last.
That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.
Well this is one story anyway, there are many different ones describing how the twelve animals were chosen. The Cat is supposed to have been chosen instead of the Rat, but when therat went to call him, the cat wouldn't wake up and so Buddha tok the Rat with him instead. However one doesn't see many pictures, if any of a Cat being in the Twelve.
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This is a wonderful Legend from the

TIME OF THE AZTEC

The legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl

The most popular legend about Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl comes from the ancient Náhuas. As it comes from an oral tradition, there are many versions of the same story. There are also poems and songs telling this beautiful story.

Many years before Cortés came to Mexico, the Aztecs lived in Tenochtitlán, today's Mexico City. The chief of the Aztecs was a famous Emperor, who was loved by all the natives. The Emperor and his wife, the Empress, were very worried because they had no children. One day the Empress said to the Emperor that she was going to give birth to a child. A baby girl was born and she was as beautiful as her mother. They called her Iztaccíhuatl, which in Náhuatl means "white lady".

All the natives loved Izta and her parents prepared her to be the Empress of the Aztecs. When she grew up, she fell in love with a captain of a tribe, his name was Popoca. One day, a war broke out and the warriors had to go south to fight the enemy. The Emperor told Popoca that he had to bring the head of the enemy chief back from the war, so he could marry his daughter.

After several months of combat, a warrior who hated Popoca sent a false message to the Emperor. The message said that his army had won the war, but that Popoca had died in battle. The Emperor was very sad when he heard the news, and when Izta heard she could not stop crying. She refused to go out and did not eat any more. A few days later, she became ill and she died of sadness.

When the Emperor was preparing Izta's funeral, Popoca and his warriors arrived victorious from war. The Emperor was taken aback when he saw Popoca, and he told him that other warriors had announced his death. Then, he told him that Izta had died.

Popoca and Izta'sPopoca was very sad. He took Izta's body and left the town. He walked a long way until he arrived at some mountains where he ordered his warriors to build a funeral table with flowers and he put Izta lying on top. Then he kneeled down to watch over Izta and died of sadness too.

The Gods were touched by Popoca's sacrifice and turned the tables and the bodies into great volcanoes. The biggest volcano is Popocatépetl, which in Náhuatl means "smoking mountain". He sometimes throws out smoke, showing that he is still watching over Iztaccíhuatl, who sleeps by his side.

Another tale is much like the one before. Some warriors who did not want Popoca to be with Izta, since they liked her themselves, sent a message to the emperor saying that Popoca died. Izta was very sad. She then died of sadness. When Popoca returned he heard about Izta's death. He was also very sad. He went out of town with Izta's body and ordered his soldiers to make a mound for him and Izta. He put Izta's body on one mound and got onto the other with a smoking torch. He stays there forever looking after Izta. Over time dirt, snow, rocks, and Mother Nature covered them turning them into great mountains. Popoca's torch is still smoking as a reminder of what happened.


 Maori  ArtSarah's Stories from Around the World
Te Kanawa
                   New Zealand - Maori

Map of New Zealand
Te Kanawa, a young Waikato chief, set out on a kiwi hunting expedition,  accompanied by his dogs and a number of his
followers.
The hunt led them through the dense forest, and by the time darkness fell they had reached the summit of Pukemore.
There was no Moon that night, and as the shadows
closed in they hastened to gather bark and dried wood and light a fire.
After they had eaten they laid down between the roots of a large tree.
They lay with their feet towards the fire, which had died down to a dull glow.

The bush was silent except for the noise of the soft wind in the tree tops.
Te Kanawa lifted his head and listened. He heard the sound of voices at some distance.

Presently his companions heard it too. They sat up holding their bodies tense, and listening in silence, because the voices were coming closer.
Someone was singing, and men, women, and children were talking together in loud tones.
It could not be a taua, because women and children were among them; still less
it could'nt  be a party of travellers, for they would not dare to walk through the dark forest at night.
The only beings who would dare to travel through the forest and talk and sing were the patupaiarehe. The patupaiarehe were very close now.
The weird laughter and the haunting song sounded loudly on the ears of  Te Kanawa and his men. They sat motionless in the fire light. Then Te Kanawa saw a movement from the corner of his eye. He turned swiftly, and was in time to see a head disappear behind the root of the tree.
One of the twigs caught fire and the flickering light danced on the leaves and showed  his followers staring in front of them, petrified.
The flame died down, and in the dull glow of the fire more faces appeared from behind the tree trunks. Te Kanawa thought of a way that he may be able to frighten them off  and with trembling fingers he took the green stone tiki from his neck, then a green stone ear pendant from one ear, and a white shark's tooth from the other, and hung them on a stick. which he left for the
patupaiarehe to take.
However the patupaiarehe came closer and Te Kanawa and his hunter's shrank back. The patupaiarehe went to the ornaments but were left untouched, only their shadows were passed from hand to hand.  They were admired for the depth of colour and lovely form.  then the singing and chattering ceased,  and the patupaiarehe had disappeared, taking as the prize the patterns of the neck and ear ornaments of Te Kanawa.
The tiki, the ear pendant and the shark tooth still hung from the stick, swinging to and fro, and the wind that had come, came from the passing of the Patupaiarehe.
They had come in friendship, they had accepted the spirit gift of Te Kanawa and then they had gone.

It
did seem that it was only curiosity that brought the patupaiarehe crowding towards Te Kanawa and his Hunter's.

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New Zealand lies in the south-west Pacific Ocean, 1,600 km
New Zealand Beautifuleast of Australia.    A New Zealand DollarIt is made up of the North and South Islands and a number of smaller islands, with a total land area of 268,000 sq km.
New Zealand is the most geographically isolated of all countries. Closest neighbour Australia is 2,000 km to the northwest of the main islands across the Tasman Sea.
 The only landmass to the south is Antarctica, and to the north
The South Island is the largest land mass, and is divided along its length by the Southern Alps.
 The dramatic and varied landscape of New Zealand has made it a popular location for the production of television programmes and films, including the
Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Zea Zealand Fur SealThe country has a high standard of living with GDP per capita estimated at $24,100.
The population is mostly of European descent, with Māori being the largest minority.


Book of Legends TE KANAWA, KIRI (ILL. MICHAEL FOREMAN),
LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD - Maori Myths, Tales and Legends. Pavilion, London, 1989, 
a selection of the ancient myths and legends remembered from the authors' childhood, illustrated by the artist Michael Foreman who visited  New Zealand at the time of the Te Kanawa clan reunion.


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Indian Myth
Mahisha -
 The Fierce Buffalo Demon from India

Mahisha, the fierce buffalo demon, was on a terrible mission: to conquer the world and rout the gods. He gored and slashed his way through battle after battle. The gods retired; the monster ruled — until a stupendous sound shook the earth. Durga spoke! The great goddess had sprung forth full-grown, created by the energy of the gods, who knew Mahisha could only be killed by a woman. Durga roared her challenge to Mahisha; the buffalo demon was enraged!
SarahThe red-robed goddess charged into battle on her magnificent lion. Her 18 arms whirled furiously overhead, each one brandishing some weapon of the gods: a thunderbolt, a trident, a bow and arrow, a rope of snakes. The buffalo demon quickly changed shapes. He became a lion, a warrior, an elephant; Durga slew each of his demon forms. Mahisha was no match for the mighty goddess. She was beautiful, invincible, fearless. Mahisha was forced to assume his monstrous buffalo shape again. He hurled mountains at the goddess. Durga dodged his
attack — and then leaped up and cut off the buffalo demon's head!

Indian Myth

Most of India's myths, like the story of Durga, are part of Hinduism, one of the world's oldest religions.
Hindu beliefs and myths are driven by two very powerful forces: creation and destruction.
Everything in the cosmos, even gods and goddesses, spirals through an everlasting cycle of birth, death or dissolution, and reincarnation. In Hinduism, Durga (Sanskrit: "the inaccessible", Bengali: ) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. She is sometimes referred[attribution needed] to as the mother of Kartikeya, and Ganesha only.
Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming mudras, or symbolic hand gestures. This form of the Goddess is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Worship of Durga
The 4 day Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, but it is celebrated in various forms throughout the Hindu universe.

The day of Durga's victory is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami (East and South India), Dashain (Nepal) or Dussehra (North India) - these words literally mean "the tenth" (day), vijaya means "of-victory". In Kashmir she is worshipped as shaarika (the main temple is in Hari Parbat in Srinagar).

The actual period of the worship however may be on the preceding nine days followed by the last day called Vijayadashami in North India or five days in Bengal, (from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing-moon fortnight). Nine aspects of Durga known as Navadurga are meditated upon, one by one during the nine-day festival by devout shakti worshippers.
SARA SAGE LOVES TO SING SONGS
 



Fifteen wonderful Indian Rhymes for you to enjoy.
Australia Sarah's Stories from Around the World
 Aboriginal Tales & Legends

Piggi-Billa The Porcupine (Echidna)
Australia

Piggi Billa
Piggi-Billa was getting old and not able to do much hunting for himself.
Nor did he care so much for the flesh of emu and kangaroo as he did for the flesh of men.

      He used to entice young men to his camp by various devices, and then kill and eat them.
Bohra the Kangaroo
      At last the Daens found out what he was doing. They were very angry, and determined to punish him.

      We will kill or cripple him, they said, so that he, giant though he be, shall be powerless against our people.
the Porcupine and the Goanna Tribe

      He was lying asleep, face downwards, as he did not wish his Doowi, or dream spirit, to leave him,  as it might have done had he slept on his back, with his mouth open.

      In his sleep even he seemed to hear a rustling in the leaves, but suspected no evil, saying drowsily to himself,
Dinewan the Emu and Goomble GubbonIt is but the Bulla Bulla, or butterflies, fluttering round.

      Then he slept on while his enemies closed in round him.

      Raising their spears, with one accord they threw them at him, until his back was one mass of them sticking up all over it.

Then the Daens rushed in, and broke his arms and legs, with their boondis and
Boomarangs woggoras, or wooden battle axes, crippling him indeed.
 As he made neither sound nor movement, they thought they had killed him, and went back, satisfied with their vengeance,  to the camp, meaning to return for their weapons later.

      As soon as the Daens were gone, Piggi-billa crawled away on all fours to the underground home of his friend Murga Muggai the spider.
Melbourne Trapdoor SpiderDown he went through the trapdoor, and there he stayed until his wounds were healed.

      He tried to draw out the spears but was unable to do so; they stayed in his back for ever, and for ever he went on all fours, as his tribe has done ever since.
They, too, as he did, go quickly underground if in danger from enemies.

This is another little tale that Sarah found whilst she was in Australia, it to is about The Porcupine. Read on and enjoy.

The Porcupine and Goanna Tribes
The Porcupine and Goanna Tribes The Porcupine and Goanna Tribes were friends and the men would often hunt together, even though the Porcupine Tribe were very proud and did everything they were supposed to and the Goannas were very sly, cunning and lazy lot. Now there came a time when food was scarce, so they had to walk, for many days to hunt for food.
Finally the Porcupines made a kill, the Goannas, seeing the chance of free food said, "You have a rest while we prepare the food, you have done your share." Soon the Porcupines were fast asleep and as soon as the Goannas saw this they loaded the food and proceeded to steal it away. Porcupines woke as the Goannas were disappearing into the trees.
Seeing this they jumped up and grabbed a burning stick from the fire and chased the Goannas, hitting them on the back ,
leaving a pattern that is still seen there today.




child and woman in the moonSarah Sage Travels to Mexico for our next story
 MYTHS AND STORIES
The Smiling Rabbit


    An old man and his wife lived in a little house made of straw.
They were very poor and all they owned were a rabbit and a young jaguar.
When the old couple used up their last ear of corn, they decided to eat the rabbit and started heating water to cook him.
 When he saw that, the jaguar said to the rabbit:
 
 
Rabbit "You won't get out of this one. The old people are going to eat you and they will give me a piece."
  
 "No, my jaguar friend," said the rabbit  "the old folk are heating water to make hot chocolate for breakfast."

    "That's not true, they are heating the water to cook you."

The Rabbit looked at him and smiled.
    "Not at all and what is more, I can prove it. Get into my cage and you'll see; they'll give you the first chocolate.

    The trusting jaguar went into the cage, the rabbit closed it and ran off.

 A long time went by and the jaguar tired of waiting for the old people to bring him his chocolate, then he realized that the rabbit had tricked him so he broke the cage and went after him.

    After walking and walking, he found the rabbit in a cave of the kind they
call sahkaberas (these are caves where people mine the white earth).
 He was very angry and he showed his teeth as he said:


    "I caught you, rabbit! I'm going to eat you."
The rabbit answered him straight away.

    "What's the matter, my friend, what are you talking about? I don't think I know you. Now I  have lived here for a long time and as you can see I am very busy? Can't you see my house is falling down."

    The jaguar frowned, "Oh so you are not the rabbit who tricked me?"

    "Of course not! But please help me. Lean against this wall while I go get a log to hold it up and keep it from falling. whatever you do don't  let go or it
might crush you.

 So the jaguar stood on his hind legs and held up the wall.


    A long time went by and the jaguar was tired and then once more he realized that he had been tricked again. Once more he took off after the deceitful rabbit, even angrier than the time before.


    This time he found him hanging from an elastic vine that made him go up and down.
The rabbit was so happy thinking of how he had fooled the jaguar that he didn't notice when the jaguar took a great leap, pulled on the vine with all his strength and then suddenly let go.
 The rabbit went up and up through the air holding his belly and laughing, and finally he reached the moon.


That is why on nights when the moon is full and red you can still see the rabbit bending over holding his stomach with laughter.
group of Mayan Indians

    Source: CONAFE, Así cuentan y juegan en el Mayab, Mexico, 1993.

    This story is from the state of Yucatán, one of the places
inhabited by the Mayan Indians.
To this day, Mexican children see a rabbit in the moon,
though children of other cultures believe there is a man there
, or that the moon is made of cheese.

a beautiful red dragon flyRed Dragonfly on the rocks  Traditional Chinese Nursery Rhyme

     Hong Ching-Ting

 Hong ching-ting.
Ching ching ting.
Shih shang ching ching ting,
Shui shang ching ching ting,
Feng li ching ching ting.


Translation to English:


Red Dragonflies
On the water
Red Dragonflies
Gently stop.
On the rocks gently they stop,
On the water gently they stop,
In the breeze gently they stop.

 If you go to the Local New Page I have put on there a link to an "ORIGAMI" site that makes the most beautiful "origami"
creatures and other things. I am sure you will love it. Diddily

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A Small Chinese Fable

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An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course , the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream, "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."
The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?
That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them."
"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
Each of us has our own unique flaw.. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

    
So, to all my friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

 

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