Ta Chou Chouk (The old beggar.)

One upon a time, the Khmer Empire was one of the powerful and wealthy countries in South East Asia.And Prince Prah Vate Sun Ddo was the only son of very rich and famous King Prah Vate. He had everything, beautiful wife, two lovely children, a boy and girl, plus his own kingdom and he was […]

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Philippine Folk Tales 1

The Children of the Limokon The Sun and the Moon The Virtue of the Coconut Under The Mango Tree Why Dogs Wag Their Tails The Poor Fisherman and His Wife The Monkey and the Turtle The Creation Story The Creation Story When the world first began there was no land, but only the sea and […]

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Under a Broken Sky

Mongolia’s nomads travel a wintry land of hypnotic beauty. But as Phil Zabriskie discovers, their way of life is under threat    BY PHIL ZABRISKIE Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 It’s almost noon, and Bayarsakhan looks as if he has just woken up. His jaw hangs slack, and his face is marred by fresh gouges—the result, he says, […]

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Mongolian Traveler’s Story

The Potato Of Doom: Dining in Mongolia Well it’s lunchtime and I’m NOT going to do any work over lunchtime, so I thought I’d write up a little story about an experience I had in Mongolia in the Summer of 1992. This could be quite long, depending on how wordy I get 😎 . I […]

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SEA GYPSY: The Salon People of Myanmar

Who are the ” Sea – gypsy ” ?Where do they live ?Why are they unique ?What are the reputations of these people ? The ” Salon “of Myanmar, who called themselves, ” Moken “, are forgotten people who fight for their survival. They adopt their way of life as marine nomads. They are expert […]

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Behind Karen lines

BITTER WAR : Extreme hardship is a constant companion in the Karens’ bitter war against the Burmese junta. But there’s always the prospect that it will be worth it in the end.. and the comfort that it’s even worse for their enemies. George Mcleod It is a hot, humid morning in Southern Burma. Rain pours […]

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Short Afghan Wisdom Stories

Don’t Be Taken In By The Rat Race A minister once fell from grace. He left court and joined a group of dervishes. By virtue of their company, he achieved peace of mind and a reformed character. The ruler soon changed his mind and decided to reinstate the disgraced minister. The man refused and said: […]

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The Coconut Monk

  Followers regard him as a saint, or at least a holy man. Detractors regard him as a crank, an impostor or a mad monk. In the past he has invited world leaders to the conference hall on his floating Christian-Buddha pagoda to settle the problem of peace in Vietnam. His airy abode is located […]

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