Once upon a time in Korea, there lived a tiger in the depths of a mountain.
It was such a huge, ferocious animal that even its shadow made every creature cower in fear.
One day, the tiger went down to a village in search of food.
“This won’t do. I’ll have to go down to the village and dine on a fat juicy pig or a tender calf.
Come to think of it, a tasty human wouldn’t be too bad either.”
It was just then that he heard a baby’s cry.
“Hush, dear. Stop crying. A tiger is just outside that door.”
But even at the grandmother’s warning, the baby didn’t stop crying.
“Here’s a dried persimmon. Why don’t you eat this and stop crying?”
Lo and behold, the baby stopped crying just like that. This “dried persimmon” did what even the threat of a lurking tiger could not.
(To be continued)