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On the topic of not-rocks, when I was growing up, I had a cassette tape that had a bunch of folk tales on it. One of them (if I remember correctly, which I very well may not) had to do with a king who was sick, and sent his three sons out looking for a magical cure. Two of the sons get bored of the quest and quit; the third actually found the cure and was bringing it back when his brothers found him, killed him, buried him, and took the cure home to claim the reward. But reeds grew where the good son had been buried, and someone cut the reeds and made a pan flute, and when the pan flute was played, it sang about the brother's death in his voice.

I mostly remember it because the song was creepy and got stuck in my head a lot.  I have never been able to successfully Google the story or its audio.  I really wish I could find it again, though, because nostalgia.

Date: 2016-08-07 05:25 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] auto_destruct
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...I also have a vague memory of this story, and likewise no other ideas of wtf it was called or where it was from. 8 [

Date: 2016-08-19 03:43 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] auto_destruct
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I have heard of this Oxenfree! ...it always manages to remind me of Jei's "The World in Evening" story, mostly because of the name and nothing else. XD

Myths and Legends

Date: 2016-10-01 11:26 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Ask Jason at

https://www.mythpodcast.com/about/

He specializes in folk legends and I seem to remember a story very like this but I can't remember if it was Russian or Greek.

That Folktale is Russian

Date: 2016-10-02 01:17 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
That tale is Russian and is called the Apples of Youth, a variation of the tale can be found on page 91 at the Link below:

https://books.google.ca/books?id=tk4oCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA91&dq=a+king+who+was+sick,+and+sent+his+three+sons+out+looking+for+a+magical+cure.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9ipvE-LrPAhVkzIMKHUAXBO0Q6AEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=a%20king%20who%20was%20sick%2C%20and%20sent%20his%20three%20sons%20out%20looking%20for%20a%20magical%20cure.&f=false

From a book called
It’s Russia, My Son. A (partial) Roadmap of the Russian Soul

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