Saturday, January 11, 2020

Filial Piety - He Cried at His Mother's Grave When He Hears Thunder (Stories from the tiles)

Wang Pu (Wang Weiyuan) was a filial son who lived during the Three Kingdoms Period. His mother dreaded the sound of thunder-claps. Every time the sky filled with dark clouds and rain was on the way, Wang Pu would run to his mother's side to comfort her and to calm her fears. Eventually her mother passed away but everytime a storm approached, and it appeared that lightning was coming, he would run to the graveside and kneel by his mother's tombstone with tears running down his cheeks. "Don't cry Mother, your son is nearby!", he would call, just as if his mother was alive.


A verse in his honor says:

His mother dreaded most the sound of thunder-claps;
He knelt beside the bed to calm her fears;
Still he hurries to her grave and circles 'round,
Each time a rumbling thunder-storm appears.

A tiled version of the Filial Piety Story- He Cried at His Mother's Grave When He Hears Thunder


Stone carving version of the  story: He Cried at His Mother's Grave When He Hears Thunder


References
The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars. Website: Wikipedia

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