Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

Ming Lo and his wife are annoyed by the mountain, which stood in the way of a happy, sunny life.  After consulting the wise man and trying several mountain-moving maneuvers, Ming-Lo and his wife try the final suggestion:  a dance, which indeed gets the mountain problem out of the way.  Only the villagers and the reader know how this truly worked, but Ming Lo and his wife lived joyfully in their perception of having moved the mountain.

There are lessons in this folktale,  such as what does the wise man know that Ming Lo does not?  Do we fool ourselves into thinking we’ve made a great accomplishment?  If it makes us happy, does it matter?


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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