The Finger Thief
The name Ongkhuriman means "The Finger Thief." Ongkhuriman was a kind and clever boy who loved animals. But in school, other students grew jealous. They made his teacher trick Ongkhuriman into killing 1,000 people. To keep a record of his kills, Ongkhuriman cut off a finger from each victim. But this is a Buddhist morality fable; it ends with a moral, and an appearance of the Buddha.
The story of Ongkhuriman is retold here, along with four other traditional Buddhist stories that have been popular for many centuries.
compiled by Soumontha Panyasouk, illustrated by Seng Xaysawan
This book was made possible through the support of Lin Palmer of England. Thank you!
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