The Japanese folktale of the selfish scholar

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Speaker: Iseult Gillespie

In ancient Kyoto, a Shinto scholar found himself distracted from his prayers and sought to perform a purification ritual that would cleanse him. He decided to travel to the revered Hie Shrine; walking the path alone, ignoring any distractions in his quest for balance, and never straying. But setting out for home one day, he hears desperate pleas for help. Iseult Gillespie shares the tale of mercy. [Directed by Amir Houshang Moein, narrated by Jack Cutmore-Scott].