Z is for Golden Zen–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019ZWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Zen-

The name “Ryokan” and the practice of Zen originate from Japan. Yet, this story may also have influences with Kenya so “Kenya and/or Japan” are listed. A young man is taught how to be more responsible. I have interpreted “taking responsibility” to mean giving of his goods (gold) as well as his time. Thus, we have “Golden Zen.”

Kenya and/or Japan – https://www.advance-africa.com/when-truth-dawned.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Sister-in-law requested Ryokan, Zen teacher, to teach son. This nephew was lazy. Instead of rebuke, Ryokan asked nephew to tie sandal as he is not as strong as he used to be. Nephew remembered. Nephew realized he must care for his elders. Nephew vowed to give of goods/gold and time.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

Y is for Golden Yukon “Fever”–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019YWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Yukon “Fever”-

People always want to get rich quick. The year 1897 was filled with shouts of “Gold! Gold! Gold!” Prospectors swarmed to the Canadian Northwest Territories. The link is to a story based on actual events in connection with this Golden Yukon “Fever” entitled “Klondike Gold” by Alice Provensen.

Yukon, Canada – https://www.amazon.com/Klondike-Gold-Alice-Provensen/dp/B006G882AU

50-word-or-less summary:

Two adventurers bound for Yukon. Joe was experienced, had year’s worth of supplies. “Dead” Horse Trail up the mountain was a long line of depressed men. Adventurers made it to top. Sailed to Klondike River. Rapids! Staked claim. Gold pebbles! $50,000 worth. Split. Half sunk in stream. Survived. Still gained overall.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

X is for Golden eXperiments–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019XWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden eXperiments-

Alchemy throughout ages and time have convinced people that gold can be transformed from something else as long as the right experiment is conducted. A man named Nai Hah Tong had such a belief that he used any copper he could get his hands on.

Thailand – http://copperandgold.weebly.com/the-gold-harvest.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Man dreamed to turn copper into gold. Man conducted experiments. Wife told him to quit. Man claimed magic grew stronger after experiments. Man needed bananas fuzz for experiment. Relatives offered land to grow 200 bananas trees. Man grew bananas, then told to sell bananas for gold. Man then relied on work.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

W is for Golden Water–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019WWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Water-

A golden flower comes before the golden water, though both are key to creating Puerto Rico, then known as Boriquen.

Puerto Rico (Taino people) – https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Flower-Taino-Myth-Puerto/dp/1558854525/ref=pd_sim_14_2/131-5828094-8369804?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1558854525&pd_rd_r=9466eb05-5b43-11e9-a830-21341f48826a&pd_rd_w=IogLv&pd_rd_wg=EhTNV&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=RJ0YNSM06DK2CR1SD3SJ&psc=1&refRID=RJ0YNSM06DK2CR1SD3SJ

50-word-or-less summary:

Child finds seeds and plants on top of mountain where people live. Forest grows! Within forest is golden flower. Flowers transforms into a pumpkin-like figure. Two men fight over it. Flower falls, breaks open. Golden water gushes out. Puerto Rico is formed and other creations to make it like today.

More Golden Water-

Golden water has a part to play though not the main focus. Golden water shares the line of “Talking Bird, Singing Tree, Golden Water.” Though this is an Arabic version, there is also one much like this from Colombia sometimes called “Three Sisters” or what I like to title “The Gardener’s Wife” found in this book.

Arabic – https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Arab_folktale_34.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Sultan-disguised-overheard three sisters say who they wished to marry: baker, cook, Sultan. He married youngest. Jealousy. Wife gave birth but sisters switched for puppies, sent babies afloat. Adopted by gardener. Wife punished. Wife came upon garden, said  lacked Talking Bird, Singing Tree, Golden Water. Youngest child victorious. True lineage discovered.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

V is for Golden Vegetables & Voyages–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019VWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Vegetables-

The story entitled “A Piece of Pumpkin” is where we discover golden vegetables. Now a previous post revealed the danger of golden food with King Midas. For this one, having golden vegetables meant one could sell them and then buy normal food.

Tripura, India – http://www.tripura.org.in/folktales.htm

50-word-or-less summary:

Rich youngest sister gives piece of pumpkin to poor oldest sister. Youngest wants lice taken from hair. Later, youngest finds lice, blames oldest. Takes pumpkin. Oldest worried about feeding kids. Vegetation by road. Dream says vegetables turned to gold. True! Sold vegetables for actual food. Youngest is nice. Oldest distrusts.

Golden Voyages-

Sinbad has had many movies made and one actually is titled “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.” Though, Sinbad is known for seven voyages and so I made it plural and claim “Voyages” as being Golden for this challenge.

Arabian Nights – https://americanliterature.com/author/arabian-nights/short-story/the-story-of-sindbad-the-sailor

50-word-or-less summary:

Sinbad was rich. Poor decisions. Summoned by sea. Seven voyages. Came upon island that really was whale. Saved mare for horsegroom from sea horse. Horsegroom really king and Sinbad receives gold. Weary of idleness. Six more voyages that bring gold. Sometimes left behind by crew. Dangers! Victorious! Finally…quiet life.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.