of the Coconut Tree
He opened the box and at once he turned
into a tall treea coconut
Traditional Malaysian Folktale
by Nurhayani Abu Bakar from Malaysia
is the story of a beautiful moon princess, but it
is also a story about bamboo, a plant which was
once believed to be sacred.
was once an old man. He was very, very old. Some
people said he was a thousand years old! He was
also very wise and he knew many things. Many people
came to visit him in his cave near the sea. They
always asked him to help them.
day, a young man came to see this wise old man. "O
wise father," said the young man, "I want to be
useful to people. I want to serve them all my life.
How can I do this?"
very good," said the old man. "Here is a magic box.
Do not open it until you reach home. If you open it
now something will happen to you.
you, wise father," said the young man. He took the
box and left. When he was out of the cave, he
stopped. "I wonder what is in the box?" he said to
himself. "I'm going to look."
opened the box and at once he turned into a tall
treea coconut tree. That was his punishment
for disobeying the old man, but his still had his
wish because the coconut tree is very useful to
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