The Gossipy Man
October 14, 2007, 4:58 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

Khmer Folktale

The Gossipy Man

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

  

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nce upon the time, there lived a man named Ream. He was the door-keeper of a millionaire.

           People who wished to see or to contact the millionaire always had to ask Ream first to know whether the millionaire was at home or not, or whether they could or could not see the millionaire. People could go to see the millionaire only after having received Ream’s permission. Before allowing a person to see the millionaire, Ream always asked the person about his/her name, whereabouts and intentions. Continue reading



The Great Millionaire And The Poor
October 7, 2007, 3:57 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

Khmer Folk Tale

 
The Great Millionaire And The Poor

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

  

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nce upon the time, in India lived a great millionaire who had plenty of both movable and immovable property. He had thousands of cows, buffalos, horses and elephants and thousands of hectares of paddy fields. He also had hundreds of warehouses in which silver, gold, diamonds and a wide variety of wealth were stored.

             The great millionaire had only one son named Thorn Serey, who later succeeded him as a great millionaire. Continue reading



The Magic Millstone
September 29, 2007, 10:11 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

Khmer Folk Tale

The Magic Millstone

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

 

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nce upon the time, there were two brothers. The elder brother was rich and the younger brother was very poor. The younger brother earned his living as a wood-cutter.

One day, the woodcutter went into a deep forest to cut wood. After getting enough wood, the man felt exhausted and climbed up a shrine built to the forest spirit to sleep.

The forest spirit took very pity on that woodcutter because he saw him come to sleep in the shrine everyday. On the other hand, the woodcutter was honest, gentle and respectful. He always swept clean the area around the shrine everyday.  Continue reading



The Four-Footed Doctor
September 24, 2007, 1:37 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

Khmer Folk Tale

The Four-Footed Doctor

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

 

 

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nce upon a time there was a family of a millionaire with five children who were all sons and the fifth of whom was born crippled. He had only arms and torso, but no legs.

The parents felt very embarrassed at having such a crippled son who they thought did not suit their honor and ordered a maid to put the baby boy in a cooking pot and floated it in the river. Continue reading



THE WOLF AND SHRIMPS
September 20, 2007, 4:06 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

THE WOLF AND SHRIMPS

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

 

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nce there lived a big wolf. When breeze started blowing, he roamed the areas to find ponds or lakes which had just dried up to catch fish for food.

When arriving at a pond which had completely dried up except a muddy hole full of a lot of fish, shrimps and crabs, the wolf was very glad and thought:” I’m very lucky today. It is an unusual luck.”

The shrimp was indeed clever. On hearing what the wolf had exclaimed, he pleaded with the wolf, saying: “We are all your food, brother wolf, but we are so muddy that we are not delicious for you to eat in such a state.” Continue reading



The Proverb Worth Thirty Damloeungs
September 19, 2007, 3:04 am
Filed under: Khmer Folktales

The Proverb Worth Thirty Damleoungs

Translated from Khmer by Chhim Chan Bora

 

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nce upon a time there were two persons who were man and wife. The husband saw other people learn magic well, so he also wished to learn it. He took 30 Damleung, said goodbye to his wife and left.

He kept walking from one district to another. He would be told to go to see some people who had been said to have good magic powers. Those magicians would recite and demonstrate their magic powers for him to see, but he did not like them and kept walking till he met an old man. Continue reading




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