Dutiful Son Finds Ripe Persimmons in Summer

Dutiful Son Finds Ripe Persimmons in Summer

Headword

여름에 홍시 구한 효자 ( Dutiful Son Finds Ripe Persimmons in Summer )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer KimDaesook(金大琡)

This tale of filial piety narrates the story of a devoted and dutiful son who succeeds in finding, for his mother, a fruit that is not in season.

A mother who had long been ill and bed- ridden craved for soft ripe persimmons, but it was summer and there was no way for her dutiful son to acquire it. On his way back from the marketplace late at night, the son encountered a tiger, which told him to get on its back and took him to a house, where an ancestral memorial service was being held. The offerings on the ritual table included ripe persimmons, which the son was able to acquire after the service was over. The son rode the tiger back home, and his mother was able to enjoy the sweet ripe persimmons.

Finding ripe persimmons in the summer or catching carp in the winter seem like miracles, but in folk narratives, the focus is on the lesson that devotion is what matters. In this narrative, while riding a tiger to find ripe persimmons from another family’s memorial table is close to fantasy, the mother’s craving for soft persimmons is a realistic portrayal of an elderly person’s debilitating teeth and health.

Dutiful Son Finds Ripe Persimmons in Summer

Dutiful Son Finds Ripe Persimmons in Summer
Headword

여름에 홍시 구한 효자 ( Dutiful Son Finds Ripe Persimmons in Summer )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer KimDaesook(金大琡)

This tale of filial piety narrates the story of a devoted and dutiful son who succeeds in finding, for his mother, a fruit that is not in season.

A mother who had long been ill and bed- ridden craved for soft ripe persimmons, but it was summer and there was no way for her dutiful son to acquire it. On his way back from the marketplace late at night, the son encountered a tiger, which told him to get on its back and took him to a house, where an ancestral memorial service was being held. The offerings on the ritual table included ripe persimmons, which the son was able to acquire after the service was over. The son rode the tiger back home, and his mother was able to enjoy the sweet ripe persimmons.

Finding ripe persimmons in the summer or catching carp in the winter seem like miracles, but in folk narratives, the focus is on the lesson that devotion is what matters. In this narrative, while riding a tiger to find ripe persimmons from another family’s memorial table is close to fantasy, the mother’s craving for soft persimmons is a realistic portrayal of an elderly person’s debilitating teeth and health.