Ma Liang And His Magic Paint Brush (Chinese Folktale )



    
  A long time ago there lived a young man in a village . He was
poor but very kind and helpful by nature. His name was Ma Liang

The young man worked for a rich man who was so rude and bad. Ma Liang loved to draw the pictures and he was such a good artist . One day he saw in his dream that a kind looking old man is saying to him, that" I will give you a magic painting brush, which you can use to help the poor and needy people whatever you will draw with this brush that will come to life". When Ma Liang got up he found a magic brush near his pillow. He was so happy to find the brush .

The kind young man started using the magic brush to help the poor people. Whenever he found some one in need for something and in trouble  he helped him. When the poor people found it difficult to get water to irrigate their fields, Ma Liang drew a river to get the water for their fields ,the river came to life and people were so happy that they had a river for watering their crops. 

Ma Liang drew a cow when he saw that it was so difficult for villagers to till their fields without a cow, and the cow came to life to till the soil . 


All the people loved Ma Liang and became so fond of him because the kind young man was always there to help them whenever they were in trouble.  
After some time the rich bad man for whom Ma Liang worked , heard about his magic brush and planned to get the magic brush. He caught Ma liang with the help of his servants and took the magic brush.His intention was bad and he wanted to use the brush for his own profit. He tried so hard to draw with the help of magic  brush but did not succeed . He ordered his men to get Ma Liang ,when he came the rich bad man said to him " I will set you free if you draw a" gold mountain" for me and if you will not, I will kill you.

 Ma Liang took the brush and painted a picture of sea, bad man got angry and said" How dare you to draw a sea when I told you to draw a gold mountain?" Now young man drew a gold mountain which was across the sea , the bad man was happy and said" Now draw a ship so that I could go to the gold mountain ." Ma Liang drew the ship and the bad man with all his men  boarded the ship,  when he  reached in the middle of the sea, Ma Liang  drew a huge wave , the ship of bad man sank and he died with all his men.



Ma Liang was now free to make the life of other people beautiful with the help of his magic brush.

                                          Chinese folktale retold by- Aunt Mary                  
    

8 comments:

  1. Oh wow - they should not have made Ma Liang mad :)

    But at least now he's free to use his brush for good purposes!

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    1. Yes , he was such a good guy , thank you very much for reading and commenting :)

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  2. I wish I can have a magic brush too:)
    Just joking. I love to work for a living:)

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    1. He , he ..., yes me too , thank you Joy for visiting :)

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  3. Another wonderful folktale, thank you.

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    1. You are always welcome , thank you so much for the kind words :)

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