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Cambodian Folk Tales (in English)Posted: 2009-09-17 14:21:04   Replies: 0
Part 2: The Proverb Worths 30 Domleoungs

After her husband had left home, the wife had an adulterer. On the night when her husband arrived home, her adulterer hid himself under the house to eavesdrop. Out of wanting to hear the story quickly, the adulterer signaled to his adulteress to keep nagging her husband insistently till her husband said: I talk to you now in contrast to my teachers advice as he said: Do not talk to a woman when I sleep at night. Now, I am in complete contrast to my teachers advice. His wife said: What have you brought home? The husband said: I got three phrases of words and a magic cudgel when I was on my half way back. The wife Kept asking: Where do you keep that magic cudgel? I want to see it. The husband replied: I hide it under the ladder and cover it with a big piece of stone. Then, he fell asleep. The adulterer heard everything, so he took away that magic cudgel.

The man got up very early in the morning and went to see his magic cudgel, but saw nothing. He then told his wife: It was because you did not believe me and because I was in total contrast to my teachers advice. It was you who begged me to tell you. Now, someone overheard it and stole the magic cudgel. The wife, hearing what her husband had said, kept quiet as she immediately knew that it was her adulterer, who had stolen it. Then, she cooked rice for her husband, who, after having finished eating his meal, took a string to tie the stone he had used to cover the cudgel and pulled it to see the district governor to ask him to help find the thief. As for the district governor, he did not know what to do as the stone could not speak. Then he cursed the man: How foolish you are! Since my ancestral period, no one has ever seen a magic cudgel. Then, he drove the man away. The man, pulling the stone with him, lodged complaint with a district governor till Mr. the Yomareach ( a palace high-ranking dignitary ). All the dignitaries at all ministries, after having heard the mans complaint, thought that he was losing his mind, so they drove him away. The man pulled the stone to see the King, who asked him everything and said to the palace dignitaries: What it has been said is true; water flows where there is a canal and a dog s***s where there is rubbish. You all must not say that he is out of his mind. This must be true as he has affirmed. The King then said: Now, go back to your house and come back to me only when I order someone to send for you. The man said: Yes, Your Majesty! And went back home.

After the man had left, the King ordered his servants to announce to the people that the King would order his ladies-in-waiting to dance three days and three nights to entertain the people indiscriminately. The King also ordered a play to be performed. At that time, almost all kinds of people went to watch the event. The King went to his chamber to select a bottle of ointment with unusually sweet smell which was designed especially for the King and no palace dignitaries had it. Then, the King ordered a servant to take it to give to the man and told the servant to tell the man: The King gives this special ointment to you and your wife, but you must stay at home and do not go to see the play. You must allow your wife to go alone. After telling the man everything, the palace servant went back to tell the King what he had told the man. As for the man, after obtaining the bottle of ointment, he called his wife and handed the ointment to her and said: His Majesty the King has given us this bottle of ointment to wear when we go to see the play as he pities and likes us, but as I now have a headache, I can not go, so you take it to rub yourself and go to see the play. The wife, hearing her husband allow her to go as well as giving her the ointment to rub, was very pleased as she was not aware of the arranged trick. She also gave the ointment to her adulterer to rub himself and they both went to see the play by standing side by side. When the play was in progress, the King smelt the sweet smell of the ointment. The King then whispered to a high-ranking dignitary and said: Go to find the people with the sweet smell of that ointment and bring them to me quickly.

The dignitary accepted the order and went among the people, smelling all the people, but all the people had no sweet smell of the ointment except a man and a woman who were standing side by side and who wore the ointment. He then brought them to the King, who at that time ordered the play and dance to stop immediately. The King then asked the man: Is this woman your wife? The man said: Yes. Then, the King asked the man who was the womans adulterer: Have you stolen that mans magic cudgel? The adulterer said: Yes, I have. The King ordered a servant to go to bring back the magic cudgel and ordered both the adulterer and the adulteress to be legally punished. The man who was the owner of the magic cudgel begged the King to pardon the convicts and gave his house and his wife to the adulterer without being angry. The adulterer was very glad. He saluted the man with respect who forgave him and went back. The man who was the owner of the magic cudgel gave the cudgel to the King and said his farewell and left though the King tried to ask him to stay. The King said: This magic cudgel is invaluable. The King then ordered his servants to open the doors of all storehouses where silver and gold were stored and allowed the man to take them at his own will. The man looked at the silver and gold objects in all the storehouses and he found an old ( Bantuos ) knife. He took that knife and a small amount of pieces of silver and gold to spend on his way. He then said farewell to the King and left. The King did not say anything, but all the dignitaries criticized that man as very naive as he did not take silver and gold and took only a rusty Bantous knife instead.

The man walked out of that country and eventually arrived in another country. On the day of his arrival, the King in that country ordered a millionaire to make a good cart with attractive carving and beautiful painting in time for his visit to the forest in the next morning, or he would have that millionaire executed. As for the millionaire, he realized that he could not make a beautiful cart as ordered ready in time for the Kings forest visit in the morning, so he had a coffin made instead.

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