ID 104324
Title Transcription
モラエス ガ ミタ ホタル
Title Alternative
The Firefly Which Wenceslau De Moraes Saw
Author
Satoh, Masaya Institute of Socio-Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokushima Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Sakai, Motohiro Institute of Socio-Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokushima Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Miyazaki, Takayoshi Institute of Socio-Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokushima Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Keywords
firefly
Mt. Bizan
old children's song
ta-no-mushi
“Será Ó-Yoné... Será Ko-Haru?...”
Wenceslau de Moraes
Content Type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Description
A Portuguese writer, Wenceslau de Moraes (1854-1929), who lived in Tokushima 1913-1929, wrote the essay “Será Ó-Yoné... Será Ko-Haru?...” in June, 1918. In this essay there is a scene in which Moraes heard some children singing an old song of firefly-catching popular among people here in Tokushima in those days. He heard and wrote down the word “tané-mushi” in the song, and he seemed to have thought this word meant a firefly. However, it must have been his misunderstanding of “ta-no-mushi” which is found in an old children’s song handed down in Tokushima district. The word “ta-no-mushi” means an insect of a rice field, indicating a kind of firefly, Luciola lateralis. In the essay, Moraes wrote that just after hearing the children’s song, he saw a firefly in front of his house that was located near Mt. Bizan, and the firefly helped him find the keyhole to open the door of his house by its illumination.
Today four species of firefly are found to live in Mt. Bizan: Luciola cruciata, L. lateralis, Lucidina biplagiata and Pyrocoelia disciollis. According to the interviews with some of the elder people in this area, and taking into consideration of the habits of the four firefly species, L. cruciata seems to be the most probable species which Moraes saw in the essay.
Journal Title
徳島大学地域科学研究
ISSN
21867720
NCID
AA12560198
Volume
2
Start Page
55
End Page
60
Sort Key
55
Published Date
2012-12
EDB ID
FullText File
language
jpn
TextVersion
Publisher
departments
Bioscience and Bioindustry
Integrated Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts and Sciences