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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tangram legend- Yu and God of Thunder

We can find a lot of legends about Tangram, its impossible to know witch one is true. we found 4 different versions about the origin of this millenary game. The first three are the most common, but the fourth one is the most surprising and interesting. 

The messenger and the Emperor
"Once upon a time 4000 ago, a messenger came to the Emperor Tan with a square mirror, when he dropped to the ground. But he dropped the mirror on the ground and it shattered into seven pieces.
The messenger tried to join the seven pieces in order to reassemble the square. While trying to solve the problem, the messenger has created hundreds of types of people, animals, plants, until finally he made it. "
from here

The disciple and the master
"Once upon a time a young chinese was saying goobye to his master.He was about to
take a great trip around the world.
On this occasion, the master handed him a square mirror and said:
-With this mirror, record everything you see on your trip to show me when you get back.
The disciple, surprised, asked:
-But master, how can I show you, with this simple mirror, all I see during the trip?
At this moment the mirror fell from his hands and broke into seven pieces.
Then the Master said:
- Now,
with these seven pieces, you can build figures to illustrate your trip. "from here

Mr. Tan and the tile

"Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a Chinese gentleman named Tan. Mr. Tan lived in a golden palace, with a lake. He loved walk around the lake for hours ... One day while wandered among the reeds, he saw a bright object on the ground. He bent down and found a magnificent silver tile. He took it and admired it, the tile was smooth as the surface of the lake, soft as a feather, bright as his outfit.
Unfortunately, the beautiful tile escaped from his hands and broke into seven pieces on the floor! Mr. Tan, disappointed, tried to reconstitute it. Putting the pieces together, created a form, a little character!, shifted a few more pieces, and to his astonishment, formed a beautiful house!
Mr. Tan returned to the palace so excited to have invented a new game.
He called it TANGRAM and offered one to everyone in his kingdom!"
from here

All this stories share several things: the object geometry, a square tile or a square mirror; the object falls; the object split in seven pieces (Tans); someone try to reconstruct the square and various forms are formed.
As we said earlier, we found a quite a different story, so that caught my attention, the Legend of Yu and the God of Thunder.

Yu and God of Thunder
 "Thousands and thousands of years ago, Yu , the Great Dragon, lived among humans, who venerated him because he was 'yang', good, and was always ready to help them.

One day, the God of Thunder, jealous of the offerings the men had brought to Yu, in a burst of anger, crushed the sky with his hatchet. So, the sky fell on Earth in seven pieces black like coal. Light disappeared taking with it all existing things.

At first Yu felt sad for the world, and then felt nostalgic. So he decided to collect the seven black pieces of the sky and, in memory of the former world, began to reassemble several kinds of shapes: animals, plants and human beings that had disappeared. But after finishing each shape, its shadow left it and wandered the deserted world crying about its misfortune.

These complaints reached the ears of the God of Thunder who was touched and, to remedy the harm he had caused, he pulled from each shadow the body of a living being to repopulate the Earth.

From that time on, our shadow faithfully follows every move we make and with the seven pieces of the sky, called Qi Qiao Ban (literally 'seven boards of cunning'), everything on Earth can still be shaped".
from here

You can read more about Tangram here.


Et Voilá!
We found this story so wonderful and so restless that we couldn’t help sharing it

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