Koi, the dragonfish



A long time ago, in the distant past, the water of the
blue river that flowed from the sky, and the golden river
that flowed from the land were separated by the legendary
Dragon’s Gate.
The golden river, so-called because of the golden colour
of its water, was the last place where the inhabitants of
the sea could swim freely, after the gods that walked on
the earth had destroyed their massive home, believing
themselves to be the owners of everything they laid their
eyes on.
Amongst all the inhabitants of their water, the Koi family
were the most beautiful of all, gleaming in the
sunlight like brilliant stars. The black one was father
Koi, the red one was mother Koi, and their little son was
a remarkable deep blue colour.
What the little Koi fish wanted more than anything was
to reach the waters of the blue river after hearing from
his father how there was a time where there were no
barriers between one place and the other. The bravest
fish, the dragon fish, flew across the sky like pearls
lighting up the darkness. The entrance was upstream,
through the Dragon’s Gate to the Great Waterfall of the
blue river. Every fish that got that far sprouted golden
wings and so became a dragon fish.
The young Koi, determined to find the Great Waterfall,
began to swim upstream against the current. The other
fish felt discouraged and thought it would be easier to
swim with the current and didn’t trouble themselves to
find out what was beyond the waterfall because the
gods set traps to trick them.
Although the current was very strong, the little Koi
made a huge effort, flapping his fins as much as he possibly
could. Gradually, he made progress and moved up
the river. The loud splashing noise attracted the attention
of the gods. Angry because a small fish dared disobey
them, they gave orders to summon the river mouth
monster, who swallowed whole everything that swam
across its path. They didn’t bargain on the fact that the
Koi, being as small as he was, would easily swim
through the monster’s holey skin.

The Koi kept on swimming upstream until, suddenly,
the water turned dark and dirty. He couldn’t see anything
and started to feel terrible. The gods were boasting
they had been victorious against the efforts of the
little fish when, suddenly, from the shore, the God of the
Air appeared and, taking pity on the fish, gave orders
for a whirlwind to take away all the dirt and to clear the
way so the fish could continue.
The Koi kept going. He could feel in his fins he was
getting closer. He carried on swimming. But then
something odd happened: there was less water surrounding
him. Suddenly he bumped into a stone wall that
reached up almost as far as the sky. What was he to do
now? The Dragon’s Gate was on the other side of the wall.
It occurred to him that his only chance was to jump as
high as he could. So that’s what he did, without giving up,
even though all the time he could hear the gods laughing
at him. Time and again he hurled his body into the air,
only to fall back down into the water.
He was so tired that the wall appeared even higher. But
not for a moment did he feel like giving up. Moved by
his courage, the God of Water, who had been watching
the little fish, wanted to give him a hand, since the gods
had halted his progress and acted so disdainfully
towards the river. When the Koi had summoned all his
strength for one last jump, the God of the Waters called
out to the waves and the fish’s jump raised him up to
the summit, allowing him to cross to the other side of
the Great Waterfall of the blue river.
So it was that, because he never give up, the Koi was
able to jump over to the other side of the Dragon’s
Gate where he disappeared into the fog and emerged
as a beautiful dragon fish. At night, the little fish can
be seen splashing happily in the waters of the great
blue river.
Ever since that day, any fish that, like the little Koi, has
the strength, courage and perseverance to go against
the current and overcome difficulties, is rewarded by
being transformed into a beautiful Dragon Fish.


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