(top) pandora box revisited from 1989 painting by A.Maxime Feyou de Happy
(below) photograph, 19th century by japanese photographer kasakabe kimbei
AINO TALES (19th. c.)
CLASSICAL TALES FROM JAPAN
In Aino language the word “aino” stand for Human Being or Man. This collection of tales date to the nineteenth century. They were collected by a foreign visitor who made them public to the world. Mr Basil Hall Chamberlain was Professor of philology at Tokyo university.
WHY DOGS CAN'T TALK
Formely dogs could speak. Now they cannot. The reason is that a dog belonging to a certain man a long time ago, inveigled his master into the forest under the pretext of chowing him game , and there caused him to be devoured by a bear. Then the dog went home to his master’s widow, and lied to her, saying: “My master has been killed by a bear. But when he was dying he commanded me to tell you to marry me in his stead.” The widow knew that the dog was lying. But he kept on urging her to marry him. So at last, in her grief and rage, she threw a handful of dust into his open mouth. This made him unable to speak any more, and therefore no dogs can speak even to this very day
(written down from memory by Lord Chamberlain upon his recollection of what he was told in Japan when visiting Ain's of Japan.
This original tale was told to Professor Chamberlain by Mr Ishanashte, 20th November 1886
Courtesy (Canadian institution ….)
Image, work of Japanese photographer in 19th c.- color restoration by staff member