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Garuda was a fearsome creature that was half human and bird, often featured in Hindu mythology
Cambodian legends describe mountain people as descendants of Garuda, a divine bird, and river peoples as descendants of Naga, a sea serpent .   Photo courtesy of Sophear Ung
     Folktales grew from the imagination and the lives of people, passed through from generation to generation, the stories have sometimes altered during the retelling process, ordinary characters become bigger than life, situations exaggerated.

          They remain popular both with adults and children, especially the latter who respond quickly to the stories. They are simple to understand with no complicated plot involved, they are short, and sometimes humorous. The sense of justice is always there, the good character will be rewarded and the evil one always gets punished at the end! Folktales may lead to a better understanding of customs and culture. Here are the folktales, so enjoy!

The Tiger and the Mouse The legend of Cambodia The Nymph and the Giant
The Three Bald Men The girl who has holes in her basket
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Cambodian Folktales created by Ithara Phlong,

last modified: December 15, 2000