Dutiful Son Who Healed His Mother

Dutiful Son Who Healed His Mother

Headword

어머니 병 고친 효자 ( Dutiful Son Who Healed His Mother )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer KimDaesook(金大琡)

This tale narrates the story of a dutiful son who cures his mother’s illness, through devoted filial piety, which no renowned physicisn could heal.

A long time ago there lived two brothers, the older of which was Bian Que, the most renowned physician of his time. But when their mother fell ill, not even this oustanding doctor could cure her. The younger brother, who was a devoted and dutiful son, travelled to distant lands to find a cure, carrying his mother on his back. One day while climbing a steep mountain, they came across a deep valley, where the son put down his mother to rest for a while. His mother said she was thirsty and asked for water, upon which the son searched for water deep in the mountain, and found an old skull filled with water, with two dead worms floating in it. He brought the water for his mother to drink, and they set out again. A while later, his mother said they should head back home, for she was now well. He carried his mother down the mountain, and she insisted she could walk herself, saying she could see their house right ahead. Upon their return home, the older brother heard what had happened and said that the water must be the “Two Dragon Water Inside Thousand-Year Skull, ” believed to provide a miracle cure. The older brother had know about it, but was not devoted enough to go searching for it.

This narrative emphasizes the filial piety of ordinary people. It also reflects the hardships faced by the elderly in earlier times when medicine or medical care was not accessible to most people and all one could rely on in later years was the devoted care of one’s children. The water in the skull with the decaying worms signify the belief that medicine and poison are often one and the same.

Dutiful Son Who Healed His Mother

Dutiful Son Who Healed His Mother
Headword

어머니 병 고친 효자 ( Dutiful Son Who Healed His Mother )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer KimDaesook(金大琡)

This tale narrates the story of a dutiful son who cures his mother’s illness, through devoted filial piety, which no renowned physicisn could heal.

A long time ago there lived two brothers, the older of which was Bian Que, the most renowned physician of his time. But when their mother fell ill, not even this oustanding doctor could cure her. The younger brother, who was a devoted and dutiful son, travelled to distant lands to find a cure, carrying his mother on his back. One day while climbing a steep mountain, they came across a deep valley, where the son put down his mother to rest for a while. His mother said she was thirsty and asked for water, upon which the son searched for water deep in the mountain, and found an old skull filled with water, with two dead worms floating in it. He brought the water for his mother to drink, and they set out again. A while later, his mother said they should head back home, for she was now well. He carried his mother down the mountain, and she insisted she could walk herself, saying she could see their house right ahead. Upon their return home, the older brother heard what had happened and said that the water must be the “Two Dragon Water Inside Thousand-Year Skull, ” believed to provide a miracle cure. The older brother had know about it, but was not devoted enough to go searching for it.

This narrative emphasizes the filial piety of ordinary people. It also reflects the hardships faced by the elderly in earlier times when medicine or medical care was not accessible to most people and all one could rely on in later years was the devoted care of one’s children. The water in the skull with the decaying worms signify the belief that medicine and poison are often one and the same.