កំហែងឈើទាល Kamhaeng Chheu Tiel

Kamhaeng Chheu Tiel, by Monk Thach Serey Vutha, in Tra Vihn City, Khmer Monk in Southern Vietnam (Khmer Kampuchea Krom)

A long time ago there was a couple. After years of toiling in the fields they got the opportunity to have a baby.

Their baby grew in to a child who ate a lot. He did not work, and just ate and slept even after becoming a young man. His parents became poorer and poorer because of their son was eating so much food and so they decided to kill him.

So one day, the father said to his son that they needed to cut down a tree, and too him to a forest. He told his son to hold the tree while he cut it down. The son picked up the fallen tree and took it to their home. His parent then realized their son’s strength and happily gave him work to do. The son worked very hard and helped his parents become rich. Since he could hold such a big tree, which was named Chheu Tiel, he was call “Kamhaeng Chheu Tiel.” It means a person that has the strength to hold Chheul Tiel.

Penn Setharin (2008), Khmer People in Southern Vietnam and their tales. In Ohashi Hisatoshi and Mikami Naomitsu, Khmer People in Southern Vietnam Their Society and Culture. KEIO University Press.Page 226.

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