If I dip my finger at the pile of lettuce seeds, can I take those that will stick on my finger?
Well, why not?
I grew them from the cowrie shell you gave me, Your Majesty.
As the king passed his cowrie shell fell. Makato picked up the cowrie shell and gave it back to the King but the King said to him that he may keep it.
One day he passed by a market where the seeds of many different plants were sold. He looked along and caught sight of a basket full of lettuce seed. The cowrie shell has only a little equivalence so he asked if may he dip his finger instead.
One day, the King passed by again and Makato presented his bunches of lettuce. The King was puzzled how so Makato told him the whole story. The King was impressed by his intelligence and industry. He gave Makato a job in the palace.
Makato and the Cowrie Shell
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.
So it was that Makato, who had once been a poor orphan, became the king of that prosperous kingdom.