Monday, December 06, 2004

Wolf's wedding

In Kurusawa's "Dreams" the first story is about a boy who, in the first scene, comes out of a house and stands at the entrance of the courtyard. The sun is shining and it is raining at the same time. The boy's mother tells the boy that it is both sunshine and rains because a wolf's wedding is taking place. The boy is curious and he goes to the woods to see for himself if anything like this is really taking place.

When I was a child, living in a village, I was told the same thing about the wolf's wedding at such sunshine-with-rains times. Is this a common myth? I was wondering.

3 comments:

Dizzy said...

It is it is!Yes it is indeed a common myth.Why, I heard it just two weeks ago being told to a child in my neighbourhood by his mother.Now they used to tell us the same when we were young.When we decided to explore & told our mother about it, She changed it into something like this," Arey nahin, Rasool allah [ pbuh] ki sawri guzar rahi hai, jaldi se duaa maango." So we put our hand up and prayed for all the goodies that we desired, sending the list to Allah through Salehallahowalevasallam.Then we waited & waited...

Zafar Anjum said...

That is indeed interesting. Never heard about this aspect. So the idea is to scare kids into submission I guess.

Dizzy said...

Yes, I guess so too.But it is sad, that children have to be scared into submission.Parents& the priests, they all lack the patience to make them understand.Fear is the shortcut.If you are bad, you will burn in the fires of hell& bla bla bla.I guess ppl use the fear factor because most ppl are not equiped in the mind to be able to understand without going thro a personal critical experience.That way making mistakes wud be an expensive way to learn.So Fear is used where making understand wont work.But for those who are able to love God out of understanding & respect, there can be no looking back.