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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: September 30, 2016

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Submitted: September 30, 2016





  1. Lhepsch’s Pincer

Ch’emgwei text

Lhepsch was a very skillful blacksmith who was very passionate about making weapons. He used to flatten the blazing iron pieces with his bare hands.

Once Lhepsch’s son got married, the bride became his daughter-in-law. Since neither can communicate nor see each other, the daughter-in-law used to observe Lhepsch while he was working. She noticed that Lhepsch seized the flaming iron with his left hand, and gripped the mallet with his right hand, and made a revolving sword. The newly bride thoroughly thought of a method to seize the flaming iron, and eventually discovered a way. However, she did not know how to inform her father-in-law of the technique.

The bride killed two snakes, and placed one head over the other and pierced a pin into them. She placed the snakes on the workshop’s door. Once Lhepsch saw the snakes, he said:

“I shall make a tool to seize the blazing iron.” Hence, Lhepsch fashioned a pincer.

(Hedeghel’e, 1968, Vol. I, p. 217)

*The narrative portrays one of the domestic relationships between a newly wed bride and her in-laws. Originally, upon marriage, newlyweds are expected to join the groom’s family unit in a single residence. A room with a seprate entrance within the domicile, known as Leghune, would be the newlyweds’ home. According to ancient custom, the bride is only to meet and convene with her in-laws after a long duration of time had passed. Meeting the in-laws entailed special rituals and procedures. 




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