The Legend of the |
"Angel" of Mori-no Kawa
|Thank you, Leslie Wallace for this photo of the site of this story!|
||One day, farmer Okuma, who lived near Ojana (down in the southern part of the island on the East China Sea side) went to a spring to wash himself after a hard day's work in the field. As he approached the spring he heard someone splashing in it. Since he had not seen anyone approach, he was very surprised.|
|Silently he crept up to the spring and peeked through the trees. He was startled to find a very beautiful lady taking a bath. Looking up, he noticed a garment made from feathers hanging in a tree. He slipped away with this garment and hid it in the grain storehouse behind his house.||
When they were unsuccessful he asked her to stay with him for the evening. For many days after that they looked in vain. Slowly, Okuma felt himself falling in love with her and realized that she was coming to love him too. He asked her to marry him and she accepted. Soon she gave birth to a daughter, and then to a son.
The daughter used to care for her little brother and, one day she discovered the feather garment in the storehouse.
||Since her brother was somewhat restless she began to sing a little song for him about the feathers. Overhearing the song, her mother found the feathers and flew away to her own country. When Okuma returned his children told him what had happened.|
The daughter married the king's brother and became a princess. The son, who was named Satto, became Lord of Urasoe and King of Chuzan (Okinawa) from 1349 to 1395. King Satto had begun trade with Ming China and many Okinawans consider him to have been the most important of kings. His tomb is situated along a stream, the up some steps carved into a cliff. Many still go there to pray.
With thanks, I "borrowed" this story from the publication, "Where Is It?" an indispensable guide to Okinawa.
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