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Bhutanese Folktales IV

In the fourth series, I have folktales from Dorji Penjore’s Was it a Yeti or a Deity? (Thimphu: Galing Printing and Publishing, 2004). This is his first book and he already has launched his second book of folktales (Dangphu Dingphu) in 2011. He is one of Bhutan’s pioneering Read more »

Bhutanese Folktales III

And in order to keep the iron hot, we  have the summary of folktales from Gopilal Archarya’s Bhutanese Folktales: From the East and the South, (Thimphu: Pekhang Enterprise, 2004). Please enjoy and never ever Read more »

Bhutanese Folktales II

I think my earlier post on folktales did not receive much attention from the readers, but as promised and in continuation, the following is the summary of Folktales of Bhutan by Rita Thomas. Please enjoy Read more »

The Stingy Man

Once there was a farmer who had all kinds of animals on his farm. Among them was a very special rooster.
One day, all the animals were looking for food. The rooster was also looking for something to eat and was pecking around when he found a silver dollar. Read more »

Gangkar Puensum and Three Rivers

In the past, the farmers of Bumthang were envious of those living in the valley of Mangde and Kurtoe because those two valleys besides having many hilly terrains managed to build beautiful terraces and grow paddy. But the poor Bumthaps despite having a beautiful valley with nearly plain topography, they could not grow paddy, which is why they mainly Read more »

The Ruins of Nyalazur

Tales of Nyala Duem of Trongsa have been told and retold time and again. It has been heard and read by many, often rendering goose pimples all over the body, while it’s notoriety and wrathful nature makes one extra cautious every time we pass through Nyala Lungma. There were times when demons were active in most places. Therefore, it’s quite uncommon in Bhutan not to find deities Read more »

Waiting buffalo; the other side of the story

I know that my ancestor had borrowed our thick fur from the buffalo when he went on a mission to get salt from Lhasa. Everyone thinks that he deceived his friend but not everyone knows the real story about what happened to him. I heard the story from my grandfather while grazing in the cold mountains of the Bhutan-Tibet border. Read more »

Dendu and Leko

Every day, I deal with Tom and Jerry in my house. The house becomes a chaos during the weekends and holidays with everything thrown around and with lots of noise. Yes, I am talking about my children. When they were in their midst of their usual battle, I once called out “Zala dabu kentong soptu na” (literally means your bums may get burnt like the monkey) Read more »

Who is afraid of toothless lions?

A lion once fell madly in love with a rich man’s beautiful daughter.  So, the beast went to the rich man’s house. “Sir,” began the lion. “I’m in love with your daughter. Please allow me to marry her.” “Why would you even dream I would give her to you?” replied the Rich man. “If you don’t,” growled the lion. “I will kill you.” Read more »

Juniper and the Dove

Long ago at the periphery of a small village in northern Bhutan, there was a small forest. Different species of plants grew there and the place was inhabited by many animals and birds. Amid these woods, there was small spring water, which flow down as stream to finally pour into a big river. By the source of the river were trees and bushes, which grew profusely and abundantly. Read more »

Peng…pa Yurung

I’ve tried out a story based on the local belief, “Pengpa Yurung Bo Tshe, Koncho Towa Treto” in Kurmedkha. (Pengpa Yurung is name of a bird. In Dzongkha it’s known as Ser Juru) This belief is commonly shared in the localities of Tsamang region under Monggar dzongkhag. This local belief embodies in itself the prevalence of seasonal poverty in the locality. Read more »

The waiting buffalo

Every time we wait for someone to arrive and are kept waiting, we always say “Nga chey mahey jodo marey” literally means “we are becoming the buffalo”. The saying is related to a story about a buffalo and a Yak. The story goes like this... Read more »

The Flea and the Louse

“Add fuel to the lamp” reminded my mother as she spun thread out of marijuana barks. Our age old traditional lamp was hardly visible, as small flame on the last piece of pine chip flickered to total darkness. She’d just finished a fascinating story of “Lingshing Rongme and his Tiger Son.” Read more »

Lingshing Rongme and his Tiger Son

“Meow…a a-ow…” an unusual sound along with cold breezes of early wintry morning alerts Lingshing Rongme, as he was about to swallow the last bite of his Khurra along with a gulp of water. At once he holds back his breath, with his last bite of Khurra tightly held up against palate by the tongue and with mouth half open, Read more »

The king of gods

DangphoDingpho… there lived a man and a woman who had nine sons. The youngest of them was a dumb but as clever, thoughtful, and skillful as his older brothers. Unfortunately, they saw only his dumbness and ill-treated him like an animal, often comparing him to their ox. “Go and live with your companion ox in the barn,” they would make fun of him. Read more »

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