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In Ponror commune, Rolea Stier district, Kampong Chnang province, there is a mountain higher than any others nearby. If we look from the distance, this mountain looks like a woman lying. Like other mountains in the neighborhood, there are many small and big trees growing on it, but it is strange on the side of the mountain, there are many rnaarns (aromatic herbs). The people nearby do not eat rnaams there because it is believed that this mountain is made up of the dead body of Nean Kang Rei, a female Giant who was Puthisen's wife. And they have regarded maarns in that place as vulva hair of Nean Kang Rei. In addition, along the foot of the mountain, there is a stone mortar and a stone pestle. Since the ancient time, it is not known who made them. It is believed that anyone who _g~ts there must take the pestle to pound onto the mortar iq- tflit: th~!,;ctP not get sick because of the environment and are ~r good healtH and happiness. (This is the general belief of the residents living 'there since ancient times). The story of Neang Kang R~i;i~,suinmarized as following:

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Afterward, Puthisen asked his mother for permission to come out of the cave in order to get to know other people outside the cave and also to look for his father. At that time, Preah En. the king of Paradise, gave him a magic cock. Soon. he came out of the cave and met a group of kids. Tiley made a bet on cockfighting. They said that if Puthisen lost the bet, the kids could ask Puthisen to serve them whatever they wanted; but. if Puthisen won the bet, he needed only twelve packets of rice from the kids. Finally, Puthisen was the winner and he got twelve packets of rice. He soon went to his mother Neang Pov and gave her the twelve packets. Getting the packets from her son, Neang Pov gave them to her elder sisters - one packet for each. The eleven elder sisters accepted the rice with wonder. "Where can Pov get this rice?" asked one of Neang Pov's eleven sisters. "We've had no rice to eat for long." Neang Pov then told them about the time she hid her son away from his birth until his grow-up.

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Since then, Puthisen always came out to make a bet with the people outside on various things and got twelve packets of rice for his mother everyday. Many years later, his fame was known to the king. Wanting to know Puthisen's ability, the king asked a royal servant to invite him to the palace. "I don't know any rules in the royal palace, so Your Majesty, please apologize to me." said Puthisen to the king when he met him. Having heard Puthisen's words, the king was so pleased that he started to have a bet on chess with Puthisen. Finally, Puthisen won the bet with the king. "Track him secretly, and find out who are his parents," whispered the king to his favorite royal servant, after getting food prepared for Puthisen.

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After he got twelve packets of rice, Puthisen said goodbye to the king and left. The favorite servant of the king helped Puthisen carry the twelve packets and walked behind him. When arriving at haft the distance, Puthisen asked for the packets of rice and left the servant for his mother. But, the servant continued walking behind him secretly untll he saw the twelve women. He came back to the palace and told the king what he had seen. Next day the king ordered the servant to invite Puthisen to the palace again and asked Puthisen about his parents. "Your Majesty, I am the son of Nean Pov, who used to be in high status," Puthisen told the king, "but now a misfortune forced her to stay in a deep cave." After listening to what Puthisen told, the king was in great suffering and then he quickly put his hands warmly around Puthisen. "My son! I am

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Soon this information was leaked to Neang Santhamea. The female Giant was furious and felt absolute hatred towards Puthisen, but she struggled to control her temper and pretended to love Puthisen like her real son. Years later, Puthisen became matured. In attempt to kill Puthisen, Santhamea ordered him to ride a horse to bring a letter to her daughter Neang Kang Rei. The letter read, "If Puthisen arrives at the night time, eat him at night; if he arrives in the day time, eat him in day." At first, Puthisen hesitated to go because no one looked after his mother and aunts. But, since his father claimed that he would take care of them, he decided to go, riding a finest horse, named Mony Keo, which could speak human language and could fly.

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As soon as Puthisen arrived at the Giant Kingdom, He gave the letter to Neang Kang Rei. After reading the letter. she immediately married Puthisen. Puthisen became the king in Santhamea's kingdom.

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Neang Kang Rei dearly loved and completely trusted her husband. She took him for a walk everywhere and told him about the eyes of the twelve girls and medicine to cure their eyes. She also told him about the magical medicine that could make water or mountains when it was thrown out.

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When he saw good chance, Puthisen stole the medicines and the eyes. and immediately left Neang Kang Rei at midnIght to cure his mother and aunts at his kingdom.

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Neang Kang Rei got up just in time and ran after her husband, profoundly shocked. Puthisen saw Neang Kang Rei running quickly and calling him, he threw the magic medicine to make a river in order to stop her.

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Neang Kang Rei swept with such great sorrow that her body became so weak and died in the middle of the forest. Puthisen arrived home safely. He cured the eyes of his mother and his aunts till they recovered. He killed the Giant Santhamea and became the king of that kingdom. He lived happily until the end of his life. The End

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