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Last of the Chinese stories from Taipei

The Story of the Golden Yellow Head Banded Robbers

Laura the golden yellow head banded robber in Phnom Penh
Laura the golden yellow head banded robber in Phnom Penh

Once upon a time a long long time ago there was a group of golden yellow head banded robbers who came out during the dragon boat festival time – the rice dumpling time.
In the Chinese lunar calendar it falls on the fifth day of the fifth month – which is June in the western calendar.
One day, during the dragon boat festival, one of the golden yellow head banded robber came out to do some robbing. He saw a woman walking down the street who he intended to rob. She was carrying an older boy in her arms, while a much younger child walked beside her. The robber asked the woman why she was carrying the older child and letting the young child walk beside her. The woman answered that the older child had become orphaned and she has promised the parents before they died that she would care for their child. She told him that the younger child was her own that she left to walk beside her.
The golden yellow head banded robber was deeply moved and decided not to rob the woman. He said to the woman that during the time of the dragon boat festival in the following year, when the golden yellow head banded robbers come out to do their robbing, the woman should place the woven knotted grass on the front door to her house and the golden yellow head banded robbers would leave her alone and would not rob her.
The woman told her whole village what the golden yellow head banded robber had told her, so the following year during the time of the dragon boat festival all the villagers placed the woven knotted grass on their front doors and none of them were robbed by the golden yellow head banded robbers.

The moral of this story is:

The woman in the story has a big heart – instead of only thinking about her own well being, she warned the whole village and in this way she saved them from being robbed by the golden yellow head banded robbers.
We should all be more like her.
And we should all be as selfless as the woman in this story has been, in the way that she upheld her promise to the parents of the older child, carrying him in her arms and allowing her own child to walk beside her.
The story points out that when we make a promise to another person we must take it very seriously.

Update on the ‘bird on the wire’ story … we met the mother and father swallow, and the babies!!

Mother and Father swallow

Mother and baby swallow

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