The 3 Creatures


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(A Bunraku Play)

Chanter script.

There once was a time, in ancient Japan, when the people were very poor. There were 3 villages that were the poorest of them all. There was a frog village, a dragon village, and a human village. They each heard of a legend that if they find the Tanaka treasure they wouldn't be poor any more. All 3 villages sent one person to go and find the sacred place where the treasure was. They all found the treasure at once and began battling over it. Then the dragon got angry and wanted to kill the human and frog. He was just about ready to do his super-fire attack when they all heard a gong. Then, all of a sudden the god appears from the treasure. He said that they will all be punished for their actions. They will be formed into 1 being, The head of the frog, the body of a human, and the arms and legs of a dragon. The god chuckled to himself and said "you will have to climb the sacred mountain of Wong". Again he laughed, and then he transported them all the way to the mountain of Wong. They start traveling but have some problems. As dinner approaches they argue on what to eat. Then a dog shows up and motions them to fallow them. Then half-way up the mountain a blizzard strikes and they lose the dog in it. Now they gloomily search for the dog. But soon as they reach the peak, they see that nothing is up there. They cry and slam the snow down. But then all of a sudden, the snow melts and they see a door. When they go in the door they see the dog! Then dog starts talking. "I am the true god who transformed you and I am also the dog that helped you, I helped you since you where dying, and now you may be different beings again and you may all share the treasure equally.

 

The end?


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