Told by Yang Xiu-gong.
This story is a fable, a warning against the folly of blind copying. Rather different from the majority of Miao animal stories, it does not personify the monkeys. It is just possible that it is not originally Miao, but when the point was put to Yang Xiu-gong, he said that it was told to him as a child in Miao and he had never heard it in Chinese or read it in a Chinese book.
Yi-liang is a small town on the old caravan route from Zhaotung north to the Sichuan border.
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