The legend of Sopa da Pedra is one of the stories that is part of the children’s storybook from around the world that was launched by Expo 2020 that kicks off next October in Dubai, after being postponed because of the pandemic.
The book “Children’s Tales from Around the World” [Contos de crianças de todo o mundo na tradução para Português] presents a collection of 43 stories from different countries around the world and is now in its second edition.
The work was launched by Expo Dubai 2020 in digital format and can be downloaded free of charge, including children’s stories from different countries around the world, namely the Legend Sopa da Pedra representing Portugal.
The book appears as a “beautiful expression of the commitment of Expo 2020” to the event’s slogan, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” (Connecting Minds, Creating the Future in Portuguese translation), as explained on the website dedicated to the work.
“A humble gastronomic tale about sharing”
As it is said in the children’s digital book, the Legend of Sopa da Pedra is “a humble gastronomic tale about sharing” and that shows “how the greatest wealth comes from sharing of resources ”.
“According Almeirim’s people, a poor friar who was on a pilgrimage stopped in the village and knocked on the door of a house ”, begins by mentioning the legend that includes illustrations by Mariana Mattos.
As he was “too proud to ask for some food”, the friar asked for a large pot make “a delicious and comforting soup from stone”, the story continues.
Amazed by the idea of a stone soup, the owners of the house invited the friar in, lent him the pot and filled it with water, placing it over the flames of the fireplace.
Then the friar took a stone he had previously found on the floor, cleaned it and threw it into the boiling water. After some time, he tasted the water and said that he needed some salt, a request to which the woman of the house responded by bringing him to salt the water.
Thanking him, the friar suggested that perhaps the soup needed a little bit of chorizo.
After bringing him the chorizo and cutting it into the boiling water, he suggested adding some leftover vegetables from a previous meal.
The conversation between the friar and the owners of the house continued in this tone, with more ingredients being added to the soup. Until, finally, the friar said he was ready.
Then the friar took the stone from the soup, cleaned it and put it back in his pocket, and let the family of the house taste the soup.
“The family was amazed and grateful for letting the friar come into his house “, because” if he had not believed in his skills in making stone soup, he would never have enjoyed the best meal of his life “, it is reported in the digital book.
“The friar believed that if you had not shared your soup with others, this one would not have known so well ”, concludes the legend in the English version of Expo 2020.
The event in Dubai was postponed because of the pandemic and will run from October 1st of this year until March 31st, 2022. It is expected to be the largest Universal Exhibition ever, with around 25 million visitors.
THE Flag of Portugal at Expo Dubai 2020 there will be an entrance made in Portuguese pavement and some walls decorated with tiles. In addition, the Portuguese program foresees the dissemination of Lusophone music, namely with samba and morna, in addition to fado.
Susana Valente, ZAP //