makato and a cowrie shell
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I would like to go on a journey for adventure
What are you thinking about so deeply, my boy?
Once upon a time there was a boy whose name was Makato. He was an orphan, for his father and mother had died when he was very young. He had no brothers, sisters, cousins, or friends to take care of him, so he had to make a living for himself.
One fine evening after he had finished chopping up a big pile of wood, he sat down for a rest and thought of all he would like to do in the future. He wanted to try his luck in far-off strange lands for he longed for exciting adventures.
“Please can I have some water to drink?” Makato asked an old woman with a big water pot on her head. “I’m so thirsty.” “Where did you come from? Why are you here alone? You look as if you’d 4 come a long way,” said the old woman, pouring cold water from her pot into a small cup and handing it to Makato. “Thank you so much,” said the boy.
Makato paid the woman his one cowrie shell. Then he put his finger into his mouth and dipped it into a pile of seeds. When he pulled his wet finger out, it was covered with seeds. He carefully scraped them off his finger into the palm of his hand and went away happily, clutching the seeds.
As the years passed Makato grew tall and handsome. He mastered every grace and served the king well. He was so loyal that the king trusted him absolutely. He was promoted to higher and higher positions until he was given the title of Khun Wang, which meant that he was the most important person in the king’s court. He was also happily married to a beautiful young daughter of the king. After that the king made him the ruler of Mon.
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