Lesson TwelVe 32 l- ༣༢༡
The Wish—fulfilling Gem Necklace
In ancient times there was a king. When hereached the age of forty, only then did
he get a daughter (was a daughter bxorn to him) . That daughter had goodcharacter, was
wise, and was very beautiful. Because of this, the king took care of her like his own eyes.
Notonlythat, he (also) invitedavenerablelamawhonamedherTashiLhamo
["auspicious goddess"]. (Afterwards) people called her Pri ncess "Drelha."
i̅ Pri ncess Drel ha"s birthdaycelebrationwasdoneeverythreeyears. (Atthistime)
the king and queen prepared an elaboratebanquet. OntheyearwhenPrincessDre]hawas
19 years of age, (they) made a birthday celebration more elaboratethaninthepast. The
inside of the king's magnificent palace had been decorated with beautiful ornaments aund
with mauny preciousjewels strunglike beads ona rosary. A]ltheguestswereenjoying
themselVes. Princess Drelha wasi̅adorned with pearls and other different kindsi̅of
precious gems and had become like a daughter of the gods (goddess) . In the midst of the
exchaunge of good wishes, the king loVing]y put on Princess Dre]ha's neck a precious gem
necklace made frompreciousgemssuchas19 nine—eyedsistones, 33 (piecesof) coral,
and 66 (pieces of) turquoise.
(At this time) a group of the palace"s female singers wearing pearlsand many
other precious gems surroundedthefortunateprincess, singinganddancing. Princess
Drelha sang a song in order to show gratitude to her parents (for their kindness) , which
said, "May (they) ive foreVert"
Suddenly it became storny, the sky C ་]ouded over, the earth became dark and
there was lightning and thunder. The king and the queen were Veryfrightenedandfled
into theirliving quarters. At that time a strange eag]e (appearedin the hal) and flew from
the window carrying the princess. The king and queen were sadi̅over the loss of their
daughter. (They) summoned an expert artist who drew a color picture of Princess Drelha,
which they put up everywhere. Beside that, theyi̅also disseminated an edict saying, "If
anyone knows where the princess is andreports it, (he, she) will be rewarded with 10
horse—hoof—sized (ingots) of silVer. If someone saves the princess, he will berewarded
with one hundred bricks of gold, a sum that wi]] be sufficient for one"s whole ]ife. (And)
if the one who saves her is a young man, he will be taken (into the family) as a