屈原


This photo is from the archives - originally posted in 2009 - but I decided to post today in the process of slowly moving all my previous blog images here.

I took this shot in China. This man said that he had something I would like to eat – a rice dumpling. He was right it was tasty! But what made it really nice was he told me the story associated with the rice dumpling of Qu Yuan (屈原). Qu Yuan was a much loved poet who drowned himself in a lake and people now throw rice into the lake for the fish to eat so that they won’t eat the poet’s body.

I knew parts of this story already and I am familiar with Qu Yuan’s famous poem Li Sao (離騷), but honestly where else can you buy a rice dumpling and get a history and literature lesson thrown in free by a real expert like this? Only in China - what a nice place!

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