Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Good And Bad Luck Of Pra Lor

In Northern Thailand, the nine top-most provinces in the north-west are the former Lanna Kingdom. All of their folk-stories are sad; everyone dies at the end. Generally speaking, the female protagonists get pregnant, so we listeners are sure that they had sex.

Pra Lor is a prince of one of the city-states back in the (Lanna) day, and he and two local princesses fall in love. They all run away together, and sure enough, both princesses get pregnant. The kings involved are full of righteous indignation, and send soldiers to kill them all. They are killed with arrows in such a way that they are all attached together and still standing after they die.

He's still a big hero up there, for reasons that I will leave up to you.

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