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The fight between the God of Mountain and River

The fight between the mountain God and the river God story

The mountain God and the River God
A long time ago in Vietnam, there was
a beautiful princess. She was the king’s only daughter. Both the mountain God
and the River God wanted to marry the king’s daughter. The king said, “You must
fight, and the winner will marry the princess”.
So the two Gods fought. They fought
with bows and arrows. The mountain God won the fight and he married the
beautiful princess
But the river God was very angry. He used
his power to attack the mountain. The river got higher, it covered the mountain.
It came up to where the mountain God and princess lived. Then, the mountain God
used his power. The mountain got higher too, so the river couldn’t get the
Now, every year in July and August,
when the rains come in Vietnam, the rivers rise, people say that the River God
is still trying to take away the princess

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a folktale from Kalimantan

Laiamon and Crocodile
folktale from Kalimantan)
Laiamon was the daughter of Dayak chief. One day, she
went to the river to take a bath. She was swimming when a crocodile held her
 a folktale from Kalimantan
“Oh, please don’t eat me!” cried Laiamon.
“Hohoho!” laughed the crocodile. “I won’t let you go.
I like eating pretty girls very much.”
Laiamon was aclever girl. She then said, “My father is
a chief. He is a rich man. He will give you anything you want if you set me
 a folktale from Kalimantan 
“Is it?” asked the crocodile.
“Yes,” replied princess Laiamon.
“OK,” said the crocodile, “tell your father to give me
a baby to eat every day.”
 a folktale from Kalimantan 
The crocodile let Laiamon go. Quickly, Laiamon swam to
the river bank and went home. She told what she had experienced to her father. Her
father then called his people to discuss what the crocodile had asked.
 a folktale from Kalimantan 
The next day, the chief and his people went to the
river. They bought a pig for the crocodile.
“Good morning, Crocodile,” said the chief.
“Do you bring a baby for me?” asked the crocodile.
“We have no babies in the village,” said the chief, “we
can only give you a pig this time.”
“Don’t lie to me!” the crocodile shanted.
“Of course not. If there is a baby in the village, we
will bring it to you. Now, please take this pig.”
“All right,” said the crocodile.
The chief threw the pig into the river. The crocodile
quickly ate the pig.
 a folktale from Kalimantan 
“Hmmm, it’s very delicious!” said the crocodile. Not long
after that, this creature’s stomach ached. It moaned and groaned. Then it died.
 a folktale from Kalimantan 
“Father, how did you kill the crocodile?” asked
“We have filled the pig with poison,” said the chief. “This
creature had killed many people. I’m proud of you, Laiamon. You could get away
from the crocodile. Remember my daughter, if you are brave, you can beat evil
 a folktale from Kalimantan 

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The Magic Candle

The magic candle story

magic candle
One day, a young wanderer got lost in the wood.
Suddenly, he saw a light from an old hut. He knocked on the door, and old woman
opened it. She was crying. She said that a devil had stolen her magic candle.
The candle could grant anything she asked. The wanderer asked her where the
devil lived. “in a castle not far from here,” said the old woman.
The wanderer went to the castle. There he found the
devil, but he was old and weak. Therefore, when the wanderer grabbed the magic
candle from the devil’s table and ran away, he couldn’t chase him.
However, the wanderer was not a kind man. He didn’t
return the candle to the old woman, but kept it for himself. He lit the candle
and made a wish, “I want to go far away from here.”
Suddenly, a genie appeared and took him to a beautiful
palace. The wanderer wanted to make some money. So, he lit the candle again and
wished for some jewelry. He sold them to the guests and was soon making a lot
of money. Then, a princess came to buy some jewelry, but there was nothing
left. The wanderer fell in love with her and asked her to marry him. The kind
princess said yes, and they got married the next day.
In his happiness, the wanderer told the princess about
his adventure and the magic candle. Hearing that, the princess got very angry.
At night, she lit the candle and wished the wanderer disappeared.
In the morning the wanderer awoke and found himself
back in his ugly house un the village.

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