An orphan goes fishing.

Told by Yang Xiu-gong.


Although Yang Xiu-gong insisted that the happenings described in the first paragraph had always belonged to this story, the fact that they are identical to the opening of the Ndlie-jia story provokes the speculation that originally this one had a different beginning.

The Miao name for dragon is "rang". Yeu-rang, which could be translated "dragon man", appears in many of the stories. He is not a dragon in outward form, though he often possesses magical powers, and he and his family are usually fierce and formidable. This story is no exception. There appears to be no reason for the repeated attempts on the Miao manís life, unless it were that his in-laws resented the intrusion of an outsider into their family.

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