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Free as a Bird

The Bird and the Golden Cage Taken from an ancient story and proverb Retold by Nivedita Yohana There was once a beautiful singing bird adopted by a lonely and caring woman who loved it and pampered it in any way she could think of. The woman had been walking in the woods one day near …

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As Soft as a Titmouse…

What do the Birds in our neighbourhood teach us? by Ellen Grootoonk — translation into English by Greg Suffanti On the Meeting Day 2021 Ellen Grootoonk introduced the theme Wisdom of the Birds to the QFWF by means of her Shamanistic Drums Shamanic journey at the QFWF Meeting Day 2021 I am curious what the …

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Ananse and Crocodile

Ewe/ Akan people story from the Volta region in Ghana Told by Kofi Dorvlo Ananse and the crocodile were friends and they contributed their quota to the development of the village in which they reside. The inhabitants in the village found crocodile to be good at block laying and entrusted most of the work in …

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As Happy as a Fish in Water!

A Chinese legend and an ancient text from the Zhuangzi Retold and reimagined with a bit of literary license by Heidi Muijen and translated by Greg Suffanti The ancient Zhuangzi text below contains a conversation between the philosophers Zhuangzi and Huizi …. Zhuangzi and Huizi had not seen each other for quite some time. They …

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Ant Leaves Camel Stunned

An Arabian Fairy Tale, source: Mirbat Castle[1] Retold by Joke Koppius and Greg Suffanti One day while crossing the savanna, a camel saw an ant carrying an enormous load across the steppe. The tiny creature was carrying a big twig, easily ten times bigger than herself. The camel stood a long time studying the busy …

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