The legend of the tangram

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The ancient Chinese story of the tangram is that a sage, a wise old man was to take a precious sheet of glass to the king who needed a window in his palace.

The square piece of glass was wrapped in silk and canvas and carried in the sage's backpack.

The journey was long, the sage crossed a desert and rivers, he travelled through forests and fields. He arrived at a rugged mountain range and climbed to the summit of a high, rocky peak. At the top of the mountain he looked into the distance and glimpsed the palace he was travelling to.
Pleased that he had almost arrived, he stumbled and tumbled down the side of the mountain. The glass was broken.

When he met the king he told of his journey and admitted that the glass was broken. The square glass was unwrapped from its silk and canvas case and the sage was surprised to see that glass was not shattered but divided into seven geometric shapes.

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The sage moved the shapes around and made images to describe his journey.

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He showed the king his home, a camel he had seen in the desert, monks he met on his way, a boat on the river he crossed and the mountain range where he fell .

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The king enjoyed the geometric images and had the shapes recreated in wood. . . Tangrams were invented.

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Comments: 27
  • #1

    Kit (Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:11)

    Your website is wonderful! Thank you!

  • #2

    Khanza (Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:33)

    Wow I thought it was just a game but the history is cool too. And why don't you add more hard and extreme tangrams?

  • #3

    alice (Wednesday, 04 June 2014 22:03)

    WOW That is COOL!!!!!

  • #4

    Miyesha (Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:45)

    Website is amazing! Never thought tangrams had a legend!

  • #5

    FiveStar (Saturday, 14 June 2014 17:24)

    That sounds extremely cliche, but then it is. Btw, its awesome anyway!

  • #6

    sammy (Tuesday, 09 June 2015 22:00)

    I love tangrams.

  • #7

    Roop (Friday, 16 October 2015 12:25)


  • #8

    Siddhu vatsav.s (Saturday, 05 December 2015 12:32)

    Thank u for giving the clear information regarding tangram.I enjoyed the puzzles

  • #9

    Vibhu (Sunday, 13 December 2015 16:19)

    Enjoyed reading tangram story .l'll come to this website again if required because TANGRAM is amazing

  • #10

    Asri Djali (Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:01)

    Verry amazing!
    From Indonesia

  • #11

    Hayhay (Thursday, 17 March 2016 20:39)


  • #12

    Kaitlyn (Thursday, 21 April 2016 00:10)

    I had to do a math research paper on Tangrams and this website was so helpful! I'm so glad I found this site and was able to find the history that I never knew existed.

  • #13

    Balu (Monday, 19 September 2016 18:15)

    Thanks..............for this information

  • #14

    Deez Nuts (Monday, 14 November 2016 22:28)

    This is a pretty lit website

  • #15

    Kiki (Friday, 06 January 2017 13:56)

    Yay i love this site its so cool and helpful

  • #16

    Haley (Friday, 13 January 2017 01:37)

    This is interesting. Changed my opinion on this whole thing.

  • #17

    Ryan (Thursday, 23 March 2017 02:10)

    This really helped me with my school project about Tangrams.

  • #18

    Timmy (Friday, 28 April 2017 15:27)

    I had heard of the story, but this website described it really well.

  • #19

    Beck (Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:54)

    Great story.

  • #20

    TangramGATE (Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:25)

    My legend is different there was a boy named Tan. He was give a glass tile. It was his prized possession. He brought it everywhere. One day it broke into geometric shapes. He tried to fix it but it was hard but it was fun so after he passed away they invented TanGrams

  • #21

    Soumya (Saturday, 16 June 2018 06:59)

    Need the story to make one.

  • #22

    Alex (Monday, 10 September 2018 17:30)

    I wonder if they were going to fix the mirror like that but i guess not.

  • #23

    arianme (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:10)

    can i have some of the example shapes that you ca do and solve it easy

  • #24

    vitor (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 22:22)

    é um site muito educativo

  • #25

    kyle (Wednesday, 26 December 2018 10:54)

    i love the ledgend of the tangrams ,it is intresting to read and i love tangrams

  • #26

    Yo momma (Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:45)

    This sucks. Like.... a lot.

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