Story of Fruitless Mountain

Story of Fruitless Mountain
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  • The Story of Fruitless Mountain Retold by Sydney Paik
  • Once there were no rivers on the Earth, and the Jade Dragon was the one that was in charge of the clouds and decided when and where it would rain.
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  • Jade Dragon was very proud of all her power and her four dragon children: Yellow, Long, Pearl, and Black.
  • One day, after Jade Dragon had moved the clouds away and ended the rain, she overheard the conversation of two villagers. "Ah, thank goodness the rain is gone!" one said. "Yes," his friend agreed.
  • Let them enjoy the sun forever
  • This angered Jade Dragon so much that she vowed to never make it rain again. The hot sun always shone brightly overhead and the rain never came. Droughts and famines spread, and animals and plants died. The people begged Jade Dragon to send rain, but she ignored them.
  • The people's sufferings, however, did not go unnoticed by her children. Each of them had gone to their mother and asked her to send rain, but she had refused. So, Yellow, Long, Pearl, and Black met in secret. "I will sacrifice myself for the people of earth," Long said. "I will lie on the land and transform myself into water for them to drink." The others all nodded. "I will do the same," Yellow agreed. "As will we," Pearl and Black added.
  • So, the four dragons did just this, and transformed themselves into the four great rivers of the land. When Jade Dragon found out they had done this, she was grief-stricken. Overcome with sadness, she too fell from the sky and became the Jade River. 
  • Fruitless Mountain is the broken heart of Jade Dragon. The land around it is barren and the water of the river is dark because Jade Dragon's sad spirit is still there. When Jade Dragon is no longer lonely and finally reunited with at least one of her children, Fruitless Mountain will forever remain bare.
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