One of my favorite books of all times is one compiled by this person.  And you can buy it, too. For example. I bought it for a friend of mine in India out of You can get it, too.

World Tales : The Extraordinary Coincidence of Stories Told in All Times, in All Places

Jun 1, 1991

by Idries Shah


Idries Shah – Wikipedia

Idries Shah also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي) … In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam. … Shah made extensive use of traditional teaching stories and parables, texts that contained multiple layers of meaning designed to trigger …

My son-in-law is enamored of this book, too. He’s a physicist with a doctoral degree, but he sees, not amazingly, that which I see in it since it speaks to our core selves.

You see: It has the universal tales of humanity dating way back in time and that spread through our species across the entire globe. There are warnings and advise in them — the tales.

Indeed, it is a compilation of the collective subconscious — a Carl Jungian perspective that shows us our deepest layers of self — archetypes and more. If you want to delve deeply to the root of yourself, this book can help you see yourself. Go to the mirror of the book and you’ll see.

Now I was raised as a child via understanding embedded by a lot of these tales. They resonated with me and how not given our psychological underpinnings as a species? I knew early-on what to be and how to be because via some of the the tales and other means, I was taught, but the root was already there in my genetics.

And so I taught my daughter and we keep passing the understandings down the line and I have five generations to which I am personally connected for basic understandings — grandparents, parents, self, daughter, grandchild, who is almost two years old … and we’re passing understandings forward in time while keeping the action as far down as we can get it.

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I like Shaw’s universal tales, but I also like the songs that I make up on the spur of the moment and the nursery rhymes with which I interject with unusual intonation patterns, growls and other ways to impart meanings. They can be quite evocative as I get in the spirit and this is one of the ways that my almost two year old daughter is being trained to be like us — those before me, those of now and those after her.

When I sing and talk through them, my daughter laughs her head off and so does my grandchild. Such drama!

So yesterday my daughter called me and said that my granddaughter was bored driving up from NJ to MA — a long drive and, so, I should sing her a song over speaker phone. … Okay. Here we go. Song is slanted and I am straight text When I sign and talk I often use mock emphatic mode.

In some of my songs, I use BE (Black English that has 11 tenses over Standard and British English 8 tenses). I choose it on purpose to make a point about BE NOT being inferior, but superior to SE and BE since I get angry over the downcast of BE. Indeed, I can speak the extra three tenses rather well and will not have them denigrated for being more replete language-wise. And I often lapse into BE since I hate the degradation and dismissal of something fuller than SE. It is deliberate on my part since I do not want the broadness lost.

Sing a Song of Sixpence

By Mother Goose

Sing a song of sixpence,

A pocket full of rye,

Four and twenty blackbirds

Baked in a pie.


What? Who would do that wrongfulness to an animal?

Who would harm and scare a bird so? They must be crazy

folks to be so harmful. They are stupid and ignorant.

When the pie was opened

The birds began to sing—

Wasn’t that a dainty dish

To set before the king?


No, it isn’t dainty. It is mean and nasty to cause fear to birds even if it causes a temporary amusement  to some king and his court. There is no excuse for this sort of wrongful behavior. It is sick — period.

The king was in the counting-house

Counting out his money,

Well, of course, he is slobbering over coins and paper money. He is one of those demented capitalists always looking to make more millions and billions at the expense of everyone else. Bad man, bad man. Gone psycho due to our wrongful economic system and something loopy-wrong in his mind.

The queen was in the parlor

Eating bread and honey,

Oh, she is assuredly more fat than a beach ball since all she wants to do is eat. And she doesn’t even exercise. Like her husband, she has a mental affliction. She doesn’t know when she is full in the belly. She needs a psychiatrist, as does her husband, to straighten out. They are both sick — mentally ill. It’s obvious!


The maid was in the garden

Hanging out the clothes.

Along came a blackbird

And snipped off her nose.

Why should a servant wash and hang their clothes? Let them do their own. Let them learn some responsibility in their lives. Why should this poor gal with a paucity salary have a blackbird take out wrath on her? She didn’t harm them. She is just part of the stupid economic system wherein some are servants, serfs and slaves are harmed just like the birds.

Sing a Song of Sixpence – Wikipedia

“Sing a Song of Sixpence” is a well-known English nursery rhyme, perhaps originating in the … The king was in his counting house,: Counting out his money;: The queen was in the parlour,: Eating bread and honey. The maid was in the garden, …

Origins · ‎Lyrics · ‎Meaning and interpretations

The Real Meaning of Nursery Rhymes : NPR

Oct 2, 2005 – It’s about King Henry VIII and his break from the Catholic Church. … The king was in his counting house counting out his money; the queen was …

Anyway, I recommend singing interspersed with talking to train children to adopt right social patterns, values and a sense of extensive humor, including the meaning of absurdity. Anyone doing so will get a lot of laughs. I can guarantee it.

Meanwhile, I have every intention of bringing my daughter and grandchild into laughs. It is a great way to impart meaningful messages as they pass on down the line — five generations in my time but more to come. I can all but be assured of the knowledge transmitting … just as it does in the Shaw book.

Sally Dugman is a writer in MA, USA



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One Comment

  1. K SHESHU BABU says:

    Nursery rhymes can be meaningful and teach children the hard work of laborers and working class. For instance, the rhyme ‘ Baa Baa black sheep’ has a lot to explain ….it gives an overview of the life of shepherds and utility of sheep. The line ‘ one for the master … for the little boy who cries in the lane ‘ can make children feel the plight of the street children shivering in winter who needs dress and sheep’s wool to keep warm . It can also teach the dominance of master or the owner of the sheep who lives comfortably and yet wants share of the wool to earn money