Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reading Diary B: Continuing Folk-Tales of Khasis

The Legend of the Iei Tree
        This tree continued to grow until everyone around it could no longer cohabitate. Yet no one would dare touch it because it was said to be the home of a powerful god. After all, how else could it grow so tall? They finally muster up enough courage to send woodsmen to cut down the tree, and each time they attempt, it heals its wounds. A little bird ka Phreit told them the secret to cutting down the tree. “…the smallest of all the birds, helped mankind to bring back sunshine and prosperity to the world.”

Hunting the Stag Lapalang
        No Lapalang! Mothers know best, leaving the forest can’t be good! And once again, he is killed only to break another mother’s heart. Her laments are like none anyone has ever heard before.

The Goddesses Ka Ngot and Ka Iam
        Another story about twins! They transform into rivers, one sister taking the easy route while the other taking a treacherous route, filling the land with their waters.

U Thlen, The Snake-Vampire
        Oh goodness, another story of how parents know best. A snake-vampire that can only eat human blood? No thank you.

How the Dog Came to Live with the Man
        The dog had nothing to bring to the fair. He found a family which gave him food to trade, but it was so smelly all the other animals made fun of him and trampled over the pot that contained the smelly food. The dog going back to the family was welcomed with open arms, only to avenge his karma by helping the humans capture the animals by smelling their stinky feet. And the addition of how the big was cursed to live in the sty with only scraps to eat while the dog could live with man and be fed what the man was eating. What a wonderful story!

What Caused the Shadows on the Moon?
        The moon was once as bright as the sun, truly beautiful, but he had the issue of wandering off without telling his family. Once he returned he was delusional enough to ask his mother to marry his sister, and his family so ashamed sent him away and threw ashes in his face, the reason why he is shadowed and dull, and the reason why he does not show himself in the day time.

Image of the Shadowed Moon
Provided by Wikipedia

Bibliography:Folk-Tales of the Khasis by Mrs. K. U. Rafy (1920).
Link to the Folk-Tales:

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