ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 424
In this 424th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Japanese Legend, "THE DRAGON of GHENT”.
AT ONE side of the Place Saint Bavon in the centre of Ghent, Belgium, rises the impressive carillon tower with its fifty-two singing bells. A long, long, time ago, a dragon began living on the top of the tower. Before then the dragon lived near Aleppo, one of the chief cities of the Saracens in northern Syria. He was such a tender-hearted old dragon that he was called The Weeping Dragon, because he wept large bucketfuls of tears whenever the Belgian crusaders and the Saracens fell to fighting as they were wont to do in the 7th and 8th Centuries.
Where his tears fell the soil became unusually fertile, and there soon grew up, from this rich soil, a rare flower – the tulip.
A soothsayer, of ages past, had predicted that, if the Saracens and Belgians should ever stop fighting, the tears of The Weeping Dragon, whose name was Buccoleon, would dry up and his brown scales would turn to scales of pure gold. So it proved. For, when all the wars had come to an end, the dragon no longer felt like weeping, and his sombre, brown scales were gradually replaced by gleaming scales of gold.
Now, one afternoon, as Buccoleon lay in the sun with his glittering scales, he decided it was time to return home.
What happened next you ask…? Well, as you would expect in these circumstances, many things happened.
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