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igniting and struck with the axe. At that time, he heard the sound "tanglang, " and sparks
flew.His haunds becomenumb. When he ]ooked again carefu]ly (at the ]ioñ) , it was a
stone lion.There are reallyastonishing things like this in the wor]d" (hethought) ,
"mother"s shoe is in a stone ]ion's mouth."i̅Thenyoung manLodor carefully took the shoe
out (of the stone lion's mouth) and put it in his pocket anda smi]e ofjoy appeared (on his
mouth) . i̅
i̅ i̅ Whenyouung man Lodorraised up his head andlooked, he saw in his field of
vision ai̅necklacehaunging onthe branchofthepinetree. Helookedagaincarefullyand
very weird thoughts occurred (concerning what was going otl) . Iodor got up aund even
though he thought he should take the necklace, his hand cou]d not reachit. He thought he
would c imb to the top of the tree, butthe tree was too thick to cling to [lit., he had no
way to cling to it because it was thick]. Consequently, he thought that if he could make
some notches (in the tree trunk) with his axei̅it would be easy to climb. As soon as he
started to hit thetree with his axe, a frightening laughing sound (occurredl) that made the
raVineshakeandfilledtheskywithitsecho. Atthesametimetheaxealsobouncedback
to him [i.e., did not stick in the tree trunkLodor was desperate. Hehadnowaytodo
anything, so became stymiedandaungri]y threw away his axe and sat stunned on the lion
aund absentmindedly strokeditshead.
Ohi̅my, it was amazing. That young man saw light shining from the two eyes of
the stone lion and saw it open its big mouth andvomit out a g]ittering axe. That
extremely joyous youth picked up the golden axe and struck the treemaking the sound
"tsashag." The pine tree split into two pieces and fell downi̅to one side. Lodori̅quickly
took the necklace, andliking it [becomingattachedtoit], didn'twantto]eaveit.
Suddenly a stornmarose and all the ]eaves gotrol]ed up, soLodor became extremely
frightened. At this moment [lit., immediate]y], a hail stornl with (hai) as bigas wa]nuts
came aund fell strongerandstronger[lit., biggerandbigger].i̅Hewasterrifiedandsohe
moVed underneath the stonei̅lion's belly aund sat there. While it was ightning and i̅
thundering a ]ot, a strange big bird came down from the sky. That bird flappedits wings
and roaredin a loudvoice, "Who is the one who cut downi̅my 'soul tree"? Who is the one
who took away my precious gem necklace?" T hat voicelit., noise], shook the leaves of
the pine tree ]ike lightning (making theml) fall onto the ground. Whilethe young man was
looking at the weird bird, (he) remembered []it., it came to his mind] that previous
generationscustomarilysaid, "HeaVyhailisaferociousghostwhichdamagescropsand
killsi̅sheep and goats, " and got extraordinarilyangry. Lodorcameoutfromunderneath
the lion andin a loud voice said, "My mother gave birth to rne to kill leopards, and my
father broughtme up toaunnihilate ghosts." Then he threw the axeandimmediately the
bird became black, made a cry ofaunguish, andvanishedinto the thick forest.
WhenLodor raisedthegoldenaxeandwentquick]ytopursuethebigbird, a


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