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Analytical discussion of Soombeel

Description: Sumshot translates a recording of the story of Soombeel as told by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu.
Date: August 18, 2000
Creator: Utt, Tyler P.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of The Story of the Lamkang Hunter

Description: Lamkang Suk Paomin [The story of the Lamkang Hunter] as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. This is a story of how a Lamkang man who was a an expert hunter was captured and enslaved by the Kukis. When they planned to kill him, he was encouraged by his wife to escape. A tiger helped him cross the river and eventually return home to be united with his children.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of The Story of Thamptlum

Description: The Thamptlum paomin [the Story of Thamptlum] as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. The story tells of how a snake married a woman.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of The Story of When There Is No Graveyard

Description: Wangchen paomin [The Story of When there is No Graveyard] as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu of of Thamlakhuren. In this story, a woman marries and lives in a village that has no graveyard. She ends up marrying into this village and here they eat a person when they die.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about the Tiger and Milay

Description: In this telling of Humpii Pa le Milay [the story of Humpiipa and Milay], a human being and a tiger become friends. When the tiger visited his human friend, he killed a chicken and added to it a kind of mushroom called tree mushroom [u phot], which tastes like the kidney of the chicken. Then he invited his human friend to his house and killed all the chickens he had so he could offer his human friend chicken-kidney curry. At night, the tiger took his friend to the tallest tree and had him sleep there and told him that in case he sees anything weird, not to be sacred but just stay up there safe on the tree.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Manhen

Description: Manhen paomin [The story of Manhen] as narrated by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. In this story, Manhen was asked to care for the animals which were her bride price. She accidentally lets them loose in the forest and thus all the animals escape and become wild animals.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about the Squirrel and Rumnu

Description: Theipaa leh rumnu paomin [The Story of Squirrel and Rumnu] as narrated by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu. Squirrel [Theipa] pretended that he fell down and hurt his scrotum and so could not walk. He therefore asked Rumnu to carry him in her basket which was full of fig-like fruit [didit]. When she carried him in her basket, he ate up all the figlike fruit and jumped out of her basket and ran off. She was so angry that she cursed him so that he would be trapped in the traps set by people in olden times. Then while he was running, an insect [Uisoom] caught him. So Rumnu asked Uisoon to please keep catching Theipa the squirrel. Rumnu said, “I will weave for you these kinds of cloth, a diphun, a vausen, a diir, a pundum, a kniksen, a yeb, a kniktxil. While Theipa was still in the grip so Uisoon, Rumnu then caught hold of him and beat him to her heart's content. So the he story ends but it is believed that this is how the weaving of different patterns and design of the present day attire came about.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Raapa

Description: Raapa Paomin [The Story of Raapa] as narrated by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu. This is a story about a young handsome man called Raapa. He was the son of a widow. He was known for his good deeds and for that people got jealous and tried to kill him in several ways. One time they hung him up in the middle of the sea to die, but to his great luck a bird called Chinraang came along wearing beautiful ornament called vori kangkool. This ornament is worn by Lamkangs today. When Raapa saw the bird he started to swing back and forth and sing. On seeing this, the bird came under his spell and wanted to ride the swing. The bird then requested Raapa to let him swing. Raapa allowed the bird to do that and in return the bird allowed Raapa to wear the vori kangkool. Raapa returned home wearing the beautiful ornament. The people there liked the ornament and when they asked him about it he responded that he got it from the sea and all the people rushed to the sea and died in search of a similar ornament. An old lady later came to ask Raapa why no one was returning. It seemed that those he had sent to the sea turned into crabs.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Khu Khu

Description: The Story of Khu Khu as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. In this story a girl, when her mother asks her to cook a pumpkin, cooks her younger sibling by mistake. Later when the mother comes back from field and finds out that the girl has cooked the baby, the mother asks the girl to hide. And in the end, as she feared being killed by her father, the girl went into hiding and became a bird, [khu-khu].
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about The Bad Woman and Good Woman

Description: Skinyernu and Penpenjur [The Bad Woman and Good Woman] as told by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu. In this story, a lady who was very good and industrious, Penpenjur, was killed by a bad woman, Skinyernu. Later Skinyernu played the role of the wife of Penpenjur, whom she had killed. However, the first wife, Penpenjur, was reborn to fight with the bad woman. The good woman won the fight, but the good woman killed again with the poison from the banana leaf that was used to wrap a food pack, a banana that grew out of the bad woman. In the end of the story, the husband and wife met in the land of the death, but as they were to go to their final destiny, the man laughed and this caused them to be separated. In order to get around being separated, they grew as two separate but joined at the upper branches, like a tree and climber.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Smangyur

Description: The Story of Smangyur, a tiger than transforms into a woman.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Sumphai and Rangleng, Part 2

Description: This is an additional episode of the story of Sumphai and Rangleng as told by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu. Many years after Sumphai was sold away, the brother celebrated a Merit Feastival called Totlang Kam (sometimes spelled Tortlang Kam). He wanted her to visit, so to get her to the feast he sent messengers to invite her. He told them to tell her that her he, her brother, had died and that she was called to the funeral. So, she does come to the place where the celebration was happening, but she was expecting a funeral. When she approached, nearing the village, bringing the best wine and goat, to what she thought was the funeral, she heard drum beats. When she listened carefully, they didn't sound like the beats from ceremony drum for the dead. And when she tried to dance the way of the death, she couldn’t make those steps happen. But when she danced the steps of merriment, she could do it. So, she realized that her brother was not dead, but that he was celebrating the Totlang Kam.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Sumphai and Rangleng, Part 1

Description: Sumphai leh Rangleng [Sumphai and Rangleng] as told by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu of of Thamlakhuren, Part 1. Sumphai was a hardworking sister of Rangleng, but she was despised by the lazy wife of Rangleng, who nagged her husband into selling her off so that they could be alone. As the husband went to sell Sumphai, while they spent the night in a riverbank, the sister Sumphai had a dream in which their mother appeared. The mother was talking to the brother and asking him what on earth he was doing. The mother told him not sell his sister but to go back home. When Sumphai recalled her dream to her brother he was even more furious and took a strong stand to sell her off.
Date: August 18, 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information