| The horse king (a tale from Tibet)

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Long ago a group of merchants set sail to search for treasure. ≮※ャㄋ∞www.faIry-TalE.InFOㄙХはふテ

Suddenly, a storm arose. The sky turned black, the wind blew fiercely and the ship shook. Before long the ship sank.

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Heavy winds carried the merchants to an island. The merchants crawled ashore and were overjoyed when they discovered they had all been saved.

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Now this island was inhabited by demons called rakshashas, who transformed into beautiful maidens and ran to shore to greet the men.

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The men gazed at these beautiful women. The rakshashas not only were beautiful, they had also brought with them a feast of food and drink and treasure. KЗwww.faIrY-tALE.Infoφξˇ∮ㄚ

Only the captain stood back. "Men," he said, "we must rebuild our ship and sail home." ˙トナ7∫Www。FAIRy-taLE.inFO∵ㄉǖδ((

The merchants laughed. "Why work when there is such pleasure to be had?" they said. ˊdJwwW。FAIRY-tale.inFoβТǜP∫

"Come home with us," the maidens said to the men. "But you must promise never to visit the northern part of this island." "We promise," the men said, and so the rakshashas invited them to their village.

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The captain did not trust this outpouring of hospitality . He feared it might be a trick.

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When the others had departed with the maidens, the captain went to the northern side of the island. There he spied a tall stone tower. From inside he could hear men wailing. テWWw.fAiRY-TAle.INfo∞З

The captain climbed a tall tree, and from the very top he could see into the tower. "Who's there?" he cried.

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The men told their tale. They were shipwrecked merchants, who had been taken in by the beautiful maidens.

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And then, when the maidens saw the captain's ship at sea, they transformed back into the hideous demons, locked men in the tower and planned to eat them. ōWWW.faIRy-talE.InfOムìシ낱πヲ

"Save yourself," the men said, "and save your men. You must fly away." ㄘwWw。fAIry-tALE.inFOyο

"We have no ship," the captain protested. "And we cannot fly." ㄘwWw.faiRy-tale.inFO7ИQ

The captive merchants told the captain how he could fly to freedom. www.FAiRy-taLe。INfoむヴ

The captain then searched until he found the narrow pass the prisoners had described. There he saw golden sands surrounding a turquoise pond and an emerald green meadow. ‖くwww.FAirY-talE。iNFOネψǔ∨~マ※

He hurried to the village where his men had gone. He told them, "You must come with me tomorrow night. We must escape."

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The merchants laughed, but they agreed to follow him. ㄑてwWW.fAIRY-talE。InFOСМて♀ㄤ

The next night while the maidens slept, the captain led his men to the place of the golden sands. nωЫθㄓWww。FAiRY-TaLE.INFo+Rャ∽

There, the giant horse king Balaha galloped down from the sky. Balaha approached the men.

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"Climb upon my back, close your eyes, and I will take you home. But you must not look back," Balaha said.

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The captain mounted and took hold of Balaha's mane, and he waited while the men climbed on. +ùδВWwW。fAiRY-TAle.iNfo∵き∑+

Then Balaha leaped into the sky. ˙トナ7∫Www。FAIRy-taLE.inFO∵ㄉǖδ((

The rakshashas awoke, and when they saw the horse king carrying their new prisoners away, they ran to the beach. "Do not leave," they called. "Look, the feasts and comforts and treasures that are yours ..."

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Some men turned to look, and when they did, they fell. The rakshashas then removed their disguises and ate each man as he fell. くàσWWW.FAIRY-TAlE。iNFO

When Balaha reached the far side of the ocean, he turned to the captain. "Now you may dismount," and so the captain did.

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But he saw that not one of the merchants remained. He began to weep.

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"Remember," Balaha said, "those men died because they clung to their desire." ZッǐDκWWw.fairY-tAle.InFoン℃ㄒ낱

Balaha instructed the captain to pass along this story as a warning to his friends and family, and ever since people have understood they must not cling too tightly to their desires. útMWwW.FAIRY-TalE.inFO

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