Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Carpe Diem #479, Greed (Mongolian Mythology)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today we start at our last three days of this month of Legends, Myths, Saga and Folktales and we end our journey in the Far Eastern region of Mongolia. Earlier this year we travelled straight through the Soviet Union on the Trans Siberian Railway (TSR) and we had also some Mongolian influences during that journey with the TSR.
In the upcoming folktale it's all about Greed and that is our prompt for today. This prompt refers to the story of The Greedy Dog, a Mongolian Tale. Here it is, thanks to :

Credits: Altai Mountains (Mongolia)

"The Greedy Dog"

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there was a greedy dog living in the Altai Mountains. One day while the greedy dog was walking along he found a nice bone on the ground near a bridge. He stopped to pick up the bone and looked across the river to the other side. He thought it looked nicer on the other side of the river and decided to go on across the bridge. As the greedy dog was walking across the bridge with the bone in his mouth he looked down into the water. There in the water he saw his own reflection and thought it was another dog with a bone. The greedy dog thought to himself “I am going to take that bone away from the other dog as it is bigger than the bone I have”. So the greedy dog jumped off the bridge into the water, he splashed around for a while but never found the other dog and lost his own bone at the same time.
Credits: Greedy Dog
What a nice little story ... as I was doing my research for this episode I came along several other "Greedy Dog"-stories ... it's not a very special story for Mongolia, but I ran into this story as I was preparing our prompt-list for May. I really thought that it was a specific folktale from Mongolia ...
I hope you did like this story an that it inspired you to write new haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun.
My inspired haiku:
broken reflection
throwing a pebble into the pond -
scattered full moon
(c) Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 31st at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode later on today. That will be Dragon. For now ... have fun!


  1. Brilliant very visual..

  2. Another wonderfully creative and informative post and haiku ~ Excellent ~ Happy Week to you ~ xoxo
    artmusedog and carol

  3. I got inspired by your wonderful haiku.. so a slight variation on that one is offered