The legend of Ông Táo

Long, long time ago there was a husband, Trọng Cao, and his wife Thị Nhi. They lives together for several years but the were childless. Trọng Cao was ill-tempered and sometimes he was cruel and beat his wife.

One day, they quarreled over som trivial matter. Trọng Cao beat Thị Nhi with a rod and threw her out of home. Although Thị nhi still loved her husband, she had no choice but to go away.

She went to a far region where she met and married Phạm Lang. He was a kind man and tender with the woman. Their life together was peaceful and stable but Thị Nhi could not forget her first marriage.

As for Trọng Cao, from the day he sent his wife away he felt deep remorse. He longed to see her again and beg her forgiveness. One morning, he was so miserable that he could no longer bear to stay home alone. He left his house to search for her.

Days passed and the food he carried was all eaten. He was a proud man, but if he had to be a beggar to find Thị Nhi so be it.

One day, he happened to knock on the door of the house of Phạm Lang. Thị Nhi answered the door and recognized her former husband, but he did not know her. Thị Nhi did not reveal her identity. She gave Trọng Cao a good meal, after which his exhausted body fell into a deep sleep.

Thị Nhi did not want her husband asking awkward questions when he came home, so she carried the still sleeping emaciated Trọng Cao to a corner of the garden and covered him with straw.

When Phạm Lang returned home that evening, he set fire to a large pile of straw so that he would have ashes to fertilize his field the next day. The flames spread to the pile that covered the sleeping Trọng Cao. Thị Nhi came out of the house and saw the fire burning her first husband. Trọng Cao was dead.

Thị Nhi was distraught because her love for Trọng Cao had caused his death. The pain of her grief was unbearable but she could not share it. In a fit of madness she threw herself into the flames of the large pile of straw.

Phạm Lang could not understand why his wife had killed herself. He felt pity for her and was anguished. He jumped into the burning pile and died beside his wife.

Only the Jade Emperor in the heavens knew the full story and he was moved by their good feelings and devotion. He wanted the three to be together forever so he changed them into the kitchen gods who dwell in the three heartstones around the cooking fire. It is their duty to take care of all household affairs.

Each year on the twenty-third day of the twelfth lunar month, seven days before Tết, the kitchen gods are called to the heavens to give a report of each family’s doings. They return on the eve of the first day of the new lunar year.

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Sự tích ông Táo

Câu chuyện kể về đôi vợ chồng Thị Nhi và Trọng Cao, ăn ở với nhau mặn nồng tha thiết, nhưng mãi không có một mụn con. Dần dà, Trọng Cao thường kiếm cớ dằn vặt vợ. Một hôm, chỉ vì một chuyện nhỏ, Trọng Cao gây thành chuyện lớn, đánh Thị Nhi và đuổi đi. Thị Nhi bỏ nhà, lang thang đến một xứ khác và sau đó gặp Phạm Lang. Phải lòng nhau, hai người kết thành vợ chồng. Phần Trọng Cao, sau khi nguôi giận thì quá ân hận, nhưng vợ đã bỏ đi xa rồi. Cuối cùng, Trọng Cao quyết tâm đi tìm vợ về.

Ngày này qua tháng nọ, tìm mãi, hết gạo hết tiền, Trọng Cao phải làm kẻ ăn xin dọc đường. Vào đúng ngày 23 tháng Chạp, Thị Nhi đang đốt vàng mã ngoài sân, một hành khất vào ăn xin. Thị Nhi nhận ra người chồng cũ của mình, động lòng thương đem gạo ra cho. Bị Phạm Lang nghi ngờ, Thị Nhi lấy làm xấu hổ đâm đầu vào đống lửa đang đốt mã mà tự tử. Trọng Cao cảm tình ân nghĩa cũng lao vào lửa mà chết theo, Phạm lang vì mối tình thương vợ, cũng nhảy vào cùng chết.

Trên cao Ngọc Hoàng thượng đế, đã chứng kiến hết câu chuyện và cảm động về mối chân tình của ba người. Ngọc Hoàng thấy cần làm cho ba người được gần nhau mãi mãi bèn cho ba người hóa thành ba đầu rau trong bếp lửa. Ngọc Hoàng còn phong cho họ làm Táo Quân, có chức trách trông coi mọi việc lành dữ trong nhà.Hàng năm cứ đến 23 tháng Chạp âm lịch, Táo Quân được gọi về trời để báo cáo mọi việc, đến đêm giao thừa thì mới trở lại trần gian để tiếp tục công việc trong năm mới.

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