Once upon a time, a long
time ago, a woman was watering her sheep. Her husband had reminded her
to be sure and cover the well tightly when she was done as water
But when she was done
watering the sheep, she forgot to close the well. Soon, the well filled and the water
poured out. It flowed and flowed, and flooded the grassland at
the bottom of the hill. The sheep bleated in fright.
The woman tried to stop the
flow of water by covering the well. But the water was moving too
rapidly. It tossed the cover into the air, and poured even more
forcefully out of the well.
Just then, a warrior came
"Can you help
me?" the woman cried. "I cannot stop the water!"
The warrior shot an arrow
into the tallest mountain, splitting it in two. One part fell onto the
well and stopped the water from pouring out.
The woman turned to the
warrior, eager to thank him and to offer him food to eat when suddenly
something occurred to her. She blurted, "But how will I get to
the water again? It is under a mountain."
The warrior only bowed and
smiled and went on his way.
When the woman realized
that she had not offered food or greeting, she hung her head in shame.
Same myth illustrated, in PowerPoint format
Mongols taught their children good behavior by using
stories, myths, and legends to make a point. The story above is
one we created that is loosely based on an ancient Mongol myth.
What do you think this story might teach an ancient
Mongol child about his or her own customs?
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gers, two-hump camels, whistle arrows, horse head fiddles,
well-wishing, salty tea, and the magical Shamas, click on the
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