The Story of the Aged Mother Japanese Folktales

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THE STORY OF THE AGED MOTHER A Japanese Folktale by MATSUO BASHOLong, long ago there lived at the foot of the mountain a poor farmer and his aged, widowedmother. They owned a bit of land which supplied them with food, and their humble werepeaceful and happy.Shining was governed by a despotic leader who though a warrior, had a great and cowardlyshrinking from anything suggestive of failing health and strength. This caused him to send out acruel proclamation. The entire province was given strict orders to immediately put to death allaged people. Those were barbarous days, and the custom of abandoning old people to die wasnot common. The poor farmer loved his aged mother with tender reverence, and the order filled his heart with sorrow. But …show more content…
” He called the people together and did as she said and when the blazeand died, behold upon the stones with every twist and fiber showing perfectly. Lay a rope of whithead ashes.The governor was pleased at the wit of the youth and praised greatly, but he demanded to knowwhere he had obtained his wisdom. “Alas! Alas!” cried the farmer, “the truth must be told!” andwith deep bows he related his story. The governor listened and then meditated in silence.Finally he lifted his head. “Shining needs more than strength of youth, ” he said gravely. “Ah,that I should have forgotten the well-know saying, “with the crown of snow, there cometha wisdom!” That very hour the cruel law was abolished, and custom drifted into as far a past thatonly legends remain.
THE STORY OF THE AGED MOTHERA Japanese Folklore“Mother knows best.”A mother’s love is priceless and can never be compared to other things that a childcould have. Through experiences she gained wisdom and out of it she will always guideher loved ones and give them the best of her soft heart.The story of the Aged Mother is a folklore from Japan, it tells a story about the care andwisdom of a mother to his son, their situation and the son’s love and tender reverence.The story took place at Shinano, in the foot of a mountain where the mother and her sonwho is the protagonist, lived. The mother was already old and widowed while his sonwas a poor farmer. The son