180 ེ་ Lesson Seven
thisby i-of tsamba only ate than i̅ i̅ i̅
l. you to tsamba that no eat why quote asked to aguby godyou to like existby is
quote a nswer givei̅ therefore
l. rich thatby sigh send manner i lhasato go neg.fut. compl. you self alone got quote
i̅said agu dönba i̅ i̅ i̅
19.by i alone go neg. fut. compl. quote said having he two together onceagain house to
retuurn past compl.
7.14.1.3 T anslation i̅
A gu dönba aund a Rich Man3
Because all of A gu dönba"s fami ly"s tsamba was exhausted, he went to the house
of a ri ch personi̅i n that area to borrow grain. However, because that man was veryi̅
avaricious, he did not lend even a handful to A gu. S everal day s after that, A gu agai n went
to that rich man"s house and together with borrowing a (tsamba) roasting pan (from him) ,
said, "These days because the price of tsambai̅i s high i n Lhasa, Iplan to go to sell
tsamba." A s soon as the rich man heard that, like a cat spotting a mouse, he got very
happy and thinki ng, " Now Ihave to do somethi ng so as to m ke a big profit, " asked A gu
i ni̅detail about prices and sales in the Lhasa market. After this, he got veryhappy and
said, " Well then, tom orrow Ial so will go together with y ou to Lhasa to sell tsam b a."
i̅The next day, that rich man got up early and loaded a load of tsamba on his
carrying yak and waited for A gu, all prepared to departforLhasa. A gu dönba stuffed two
empty sacks with hay and straw and, pretending they were tsamba, loaded them on
donkeys. A fter he arrived there (at the rich man"s house) , they left for Lhasa together. That
That day A gu dönba and the rich man went all day and, havi ng arrived by a ruined small

monastery, agreed to stay there th at night. i̅ i̅ [ ]
The rich m an, tired from t aveli ng all day, lay down and immediately fell asleep
(becomi ng) as i f he were dead. A t about mi dni ght, A gu dönba quietly arose and gave the
straw and hay from his sacks to the donkeys, fi lli ng his sacks with the tsamba from the
rich man"s load. A fterthat, A gu put the rich man"s empty tsamba bag in the hand of a
statue of a deity and also cauried a handful of tsamba, smearing it i n the m outh of the
statue. Then he slept like before. After dawn, as soon as the rich man saw that his load of
tsamba was not there, he called A gu, waking him up. The two of them saw with ce tai nty
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3 A gu dönba is Ti bet's most famous folklore trickster. Poking fun at the rich, the
hy pocriticaland the greedy, his stories areknown andrelishedthroughout Tibet.
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