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July 7th – The Romance of the Milky Way

July 7, 2012

    While what we hear from scientists and astronomers about the Milky Way would inspire us with awe and wonder about the mysteries that surround it, fo  Japanese children it is a day to celebrate, a Romance of Old beloved by children about the Milky Way. A contrast to what we hear in the news these days about teenage lovers, mercilessly gunned down. What can you do to promote peace and prevent such sorrowful incidents in your neighborhood?

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March 17th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2012

     March 17th is celebrated by Irish communities round the world as the Feast day of St. Patrick the great patron saint of Ireland. It is also a day to celebrate Irish culture.

 often associated with the celebrations is the Lepechaun a little old man with a beard and a hat appearing in Irish Folklore. A kind of magical fairy who guards a buried treasure usually a pot of guineas. Vulnerable to direct attention by humans if anybody sights a Leprechaun, he better keep his eyes fixed on him, lest he escapes. Here’s a beautiful Irish story about a Leprechaun…. Read More….The field of Bolianus (more…)

A Summer Story

August 17, 2011

  (Adapted from a Native American Folktale) How Winter and Summer decide to live at Peace….

 Long ago there lived a group of American Indians lived at the edge of Winterland in an island called the “Land of Sunrise.” The Indians of the island called themselves the ‘Children of Light,’ Wawaniki, because they were the only people who saw the light of the sun in the far distant horizon when they woke up in the morning. The Land of Sunrise was ruled by a very kind hearted man by the name of Glassenap.

Once Sunrise Land got extremely cold. The land froze. Snow and ice spread everywhere and covered  everything. Fires wouldn’t glow and give warmth. No corn could be grown and no animals could be reared. The people were perishing of the cold.

  Glassenap wanted to do something to save his people. So he went as far North as possible beyond which lay the Land of Winter. He inquired from the people why their land was frozen. he was told of a giant by the name of Winter living in a wigwam and that it was the giant’s breath, that froze the land. Glassenap decided to have a talk with the giant and entered the wigwam. Before long the giant’s frost fell on Glassenap casting a spell over him and he went to sleep for six months. At the end of six months the charm left Glassenap, and he woke up.

  In the meantime Looni a wild bird who had been very attached to Glassenap, came looking for him and brought him good news. The bird told him of a land to the far south that was always warm. The land was ruled by a maiden, who’s name was Summer. She was very beautiful and had a powerful glow about her that could melt away anything frozen.

   Glassenap was dtermined to find the maiden to save his people. he requested the help of the bird who carried him on his wings to the far south to the shores of the southern seas…A SUMMER STORY…. (more…)

The Story of Queen Viharemahadevi

March 14, 2011

  There was once a king by the name of Kelani Tissa who ruled Sri Lanka from his capital in Kelaniya. He got furious with a monk whom he wrongly suspected was involved with his queen in some way. He ordered the monk to be put in a boiling cauldronn of oil and be put to death. The king’s courtiers and the subjects were horrified, but could do nothing about it. The gods were angry with the king for his horrific deed and caused the ocean to swell and flood the land like a (Tsunami)

  The king realized his mistake and was greatly disturbed. In order to appease the gods and save the land he built a golden boat with enough food to last a month, and placing his eldest daughter in it set it adrift on the ocean to be drowned as a ransom. He also placed an inscription within, notifying that she was a princess.

  The boat rifted along the southern coast of Sri Lanka with the princess quiet and asleep, reconciled to her fate. A few days later some fishermen seeing the boat drew it ashore. and was surprised to see a princess inside. They reported it to king Kavan Tissa who was ruling in Magama a city in the South of Sri Lanka. The princess was rescued and brought before the king. The princess was very beautiful and the king immediately fell in love with her, and married her and gave her the name Viharemahadevi. She bore him two sons who both became famous heroes of Sri Lanka. The eldest was the famed Dutugemunu, who defeated the South Indian invader Elara and re-united the country and established the kingdom of Anuradhapura.