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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu.


"Pyg(gy-bank)malion"



Once there was a rabbi
who wished to keep his money
as safe as it could be.

He had heard the tale of
Pygmalion (and got it all wrong)
so he crafted a golem of pygg and
made a slit in the cheap orange clay
that he could put the coins through.

Pyg(gy-bank)malion jingled
when he walked, but no matter
how hard the thieves and bandits tried,
they never could get it out of him,
for he was still a golem and
therefore very strong.

When at last the golem
became so full that the coins
no longer chimed inside him,
the rabbi went to smash him and
thereby retrieve his cache.

But Pyg(gy-bank)malion
pushed him down and ran away
(no longer jingling) into the night,
whereupon the rabbi sadly realized that
he had indeed made his money completely safe --

even from himself.

* * *

Notes:

This is not part of the Clay of Life series proper, but it was a solitary prompt and a funny idea, so I wrote it anyway.

Pygmalion is a mythological figure who carved a statue and then fell in love with it.  The statue's name is Galatea, but because the sculptor's name is more famous, people often confuse the two.

A piggy bank is a hollow receptacle for money, traditionally made out of ceramic and shaped like a swine.  It probably got its name from a cheap clay called pygg.


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Date: 2017-04-19 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
*giggles*

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Date: 2017-04-19 03:17 am (UTC)
thnidu: edited from img383.imageshack.us/img383/3066/ss35450qf7.jpg (smiley)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Hee hee! 😅

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Date: 2017-04-19 03:57 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*laughs*

Reminds me more of the Gingerbread Man than the Golem of Prague ... but those are equally valid tales!

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-19 05:19 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Exactly! And it's a bit tenuous here because he isn't edible, but I think his consumability and his baked nature qualify Pygg(ie-bank)malion as a tale of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 2025: Runaway Pancake. Not a *folk*tale, since it's new and you just wrote it, but it could *become* one since it fits the motif. Another one I've read, long ago, is a Spanish tale about a runaway marzipan figure baked for a church feast day. At a very big stretch, you could put 'SuperToys Last All Summer Long' and some of the other classic sf about robots/AI/sentient toys under the same heading, assuming you accept my reasoning that it's not so much being *food* per se as being *meant to be used up* that matters. (I think there was one about a bundle of wood, too?)

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type2025.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarne%E2%80%93Thompson_classification_systems

...I am SUCH a lit nerd... :D :D :D

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-19 05:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Squeeee 3q3q3q!!!!!

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-19 03:47 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Oy, the ending on that one.... *wince*

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-20 08:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
The ending made me laugh, which I badly needed :-D :-p today!

I wonder what kosher treats with marzipan the Italian Jews came up with! Name of the oldest Roman Jewish Community is missing from my brain right now... :-/

Re: Italian Jewish Community

Date: 2017-04-21 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
It's called the communita Ebraica di Roma, and they use the Nusach Italka rite, different from Sephardic and Ashkenazi services.

I have seen an Ebraica di Roma cookbook, but not recently. :-)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-20 08:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
You like the lit typing, have you seen the librarian's collections of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast? Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series by Betsy Hearne.

When I did children's storytimes, I often chose one story to read with felt theatre props.

I also have shadow play bits to do "Le Petit Prince" for my own satisfaction.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-21 06:08 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
O Yes. Multicultural multiversion folk tales with GORGEOUS illustrations = one of my go-tos for read aloud.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-04-21 06:11 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
That's good to know. Thank you for sharing that!

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Date: 2017-04-19 04:00 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Apparently the statue was only named Galatea at a later date, not in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Figures. Go Pyggy go! Can Pyggy extract money from himself?- kellyc

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Date: 2017-04-19 03:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Silly rabbi, don't he know you have to remove the shem from the golem to deactivate it before unmaking? tsk.... :)

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Date: 2017-04-21 12:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
made me smile!

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Date: 2017-04-22 10:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
AKA "be careful what you wish for..."

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