||シネヘン・ブリヤート語テキスト(5) : 王様と役人になる二人の男の子
Shinekhen Buryat Text (5) : A Boy who Became a King
and a Boy who Became an Officer
129 , 2016-01-20 , 北海道大学文学研究科
This is a Shinekhen Buryat text which is spoken in northern Inner Mongolia, China.
This story was told by Ms. Dogarmaa, a Buryat woman who was born in 1933. I
recorded the story on 13th Aug, 2005 in Shinekhen West Village, Hölönbuir City, Inner
This is a folktale called ‘ulʲger’ in their genre of folklore. Its plot is as follows:
Two boys who were to be offered as sacrifices ran away from their home country.
On the way, they stole two magical pieces of clothing from ghosts: a hat that renders the
wearer invisible and a pair of boots that allows the wearer to run very quickly.
Later, they arrived in a new country that had a queen but no king. This was because
every king had died as soon as they had taken the throne. Consequently, the people of
the country planned to appoint one boy as a new king and the other as an officer. During
the night, the queen went out to a cave where a hairy, red-spotted monster lived.
However, the boy who was to be made an officer followed her, wearing both the hat and
the boots. He overheard the queen consulting with the monster on how to kill the two
boys and the monster teaching the queen how. The invisible boy then returned to the
other boy who was to take the throne to tell him what he had heard.
Suitably prepared, the two boys killed the monster and the queen who turned out to
be a fox. As a result, the one boy became a king, the other an officer and, together with
the people of the country, lived happily since then.