Friday, 16 January 2015

A Love Story.

The Princess and the Mason

Standing along the Silk Road, the ancient trade routes that once connected China to the Roman Empire, can be found what is known as the Thousand Budda Caves. Theses caves lie about forty three miles northwest of Kucha, that in the fourth century formed part of a large kingdom of Quici. 

These cave are said to have been carved by a young mason in order to prove his love for a Chinese princess.

This princess was known as Zaoerhan, and she was the daughter of the King of Quici and legend has it the she met and fell in love with a local mason. The mason asked the king for permission to marry the princess. At first the king refused, but then gave the boy a chance to earn his daughters hand in marriage. He told the mason he would not grant permission unless he carved one thousand caves into the hills outside the city. The young man made is way out of Kucha and began carving, determined to prove himself to the king. Three years and nine hundred and ninety nine caves later, the poor boy died from the exhaustion, this sad event was quickly followed by the death of the princess herself, who died of a broken heart.

 The waterfalls that cascade and run though the caves eventually falling into the Muzat River, are said not to be water at all, but the tears of the long dead Princess Zaoerhan who still weeps for her young love.

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