The Story of the Ten Brothers
People look at the Great Wall of China full of admiration, but the sufferings of the people in ancient times were not appreciated at all. In fact, people were angry of all these unfair forced labour. People suffered and endured all the time. They had to fight the harsh climate, the continual attacks from Xiongnu, one of the tribes to the North of China. People died while building the wall and more people still came to build it.
Once upon a time, there were ten special brothers. The eldest can hear voices from a long distance, the second could see objects a thousand lis (500km) away, the third had the strength of an ox, the fourth had a head as hard as steel, the fifth had a body as hard as steel, the sixth had very long legs, the seventh had a very huge head, the eighth had extremely large feet, the ninth had a large mouth while the tenth had enormous eyes big enough to scare everybody.
When they were working on the farm one day, the eldest brother heard somebody crying. The second brother took a look and found out that the Great Wall builders were crying because of hunger. The third brother grew anxious and angry and immediately went to the place to help. When the officials saw him coming, did not bother to ask who he was and to what purpose he came for, they decided to chop off his head. The second brother saw this on the farm and informed his brothers. The fourth brother rushed to the rescue. The officials’ chopped his head with all their might in vain. They then came to the decision of beating his body. The fifth brother came to the rescue and the officials tried once again in vain. They then wanted to throw him into the sea. The sixth brother arrived just in time and stood easily and comfortably in the sea. He caught about thirty kilograms of fishes by the way. The seventh brother then came and used his hat to take the fishes. The eighth brother went to the mountain to chop some firewood to cook the fishes. The ninth brother devoured the fishes in one mouthful. The tenth brother became angry and cried. His tears then made a flood and left part of the Great Wall in ruins.
Reason of Building the Wall Meng Jiangnu Ten Brothers Special Custom
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