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First well - Tale
The First Well
There once was a small kingdom around a lake.
The King sent his four generals in all directions
They searched day and night, night and day; high and low
The general broke off a huge piece, loaded it onto his horse-cart and rushed back home.
By the time he reached the court, the enormous icicle had melted into a small lump of ice. Nobody in the court had ever seen ice, so everybody gazed at it with wonder. 'This must be a water-seed!' one of the ministers exclaimed suddenly.
The king ordered the 'water-seed' to be sowed immediately. While the farmers dug a hole, the lump dwindled in the sun. They swiftly placed the seed in the hole, but before they could cover it up, it had vanished. The farmers there grew confused and worried. They dug deeper and deeper into the earth, all night long, looking for the mysterious seed.
At the break of dawn, the King found the farmers fast asleep around a hole. Curious, he peeped in and cried out in amazement 'Wake up my worthy men - the water-seed has sprouted! There's water in the hole!'
This is how the first well was created.
|Vocabulaire (traduction des mots soulignés dans le texte ci-dessus)|
|to dry up: s'assécher||to grow anxious: s'inquiéter (grow, grew, grown)|
|barren: aride / improductif||to cry with thirst: pleurer de soif|
|empty-handed: les mains vides / bredouille||to fail: décevoir (pour ne pas décevoir son roi)|
|to motion: faire signe||cave; grotte|
|break off: casser (break, broke, broken)||to load: charger|
|to melt: fondre||lump: morceau|
|to gaze: regarder fixement||water-seed: graine d'eau|
|to sow: semer (sow sowed, sowed or sown)||to dig; creuser|
|to dwindle: diminuer / rapetisser||break of dawn: lever du jour (dawn = aube)|
|fast asleep: profondément endormi||to peep: jeter un coup d'il|
|my worthy men: mes braves gens||to sprout: germer|
When people live far from a river, lake or spring, they have to dig wells
Buckets are lowered into the well and filled with water.
Les seaux sont descendus dans le puits et remplis d'eau.
To make the lifting easier, the rope can run through a pulley
Pour rendre ce levage plus facile la corde peut passer dans la
groove wheel (roue à gorge) hand crank (manivelle)
The well is surrounded by a low stone wall to prevent accidents.
The roof protects the water from impurities.
Le puits est bordé d'un petit mur de pierre pour éviter les accidents.
Before the development of modern geology, a dowser was used to locate groundwater. Then the well-digger could begin his work..
Avant le développement de la géologie moderne un sourcier localisait
To find underground water, a dowser uses a rod or forked tree branch. He holds it in front of him and begins walking. When water is discovered, the rod or forked tree branch gives a signal. It will dip or twitch.
Pour trouver l'eau souterraine un sourcier utilise une baguette. Il la tient
Not all dowsers use a Y-shaped rod.
Les sourciers n'utilisent pas tous une baguette en forme de 'Y'.
The origin of dowsing dates back about 8000 years.
Les débuts de la recherche des sources d'eau
Dowsers still exist.
This man is Danish. He is looking for water with a willow twig.
When he finds it, the signal is so strong that the twig breaks.
Les sourciers existent encore.
|Do dowsing rods really work?|
Les baguettes de sourcier fonctionnent-elles vraiment ?
No one really knows. A lot of people, especially scientists, are sceptical. However Albert Einstein said:
'The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors
Personne ne sait réellement. De nombreuses personnes, surtout les scientifiques, sont sceptiques.
|remarque : certains utilisent la radiesthésie à d'autres fins que la recherche de l'eau.|
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