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and rafts, whereas the Ka Che made boats of buffalo hide. Both I went down the Nam Nua, but at a rapid called Men Kwai (a Smell of Buffalo a ), the Ka Che boats were broken and had to be abandoned-Thus the Ka Che were obliged to seek a helping hand from the LaA who took them to the spot where the town of Luang Prabang stands. There they founded a city called Sawa, which grew to be very powerful, and held sway over the whole Me Kawng valley. Tbe city was named after a large stone over which the pagoda Wat ChienS Ta awng has been built.
History omits the story of the pumpkins, and says those who caifle first to Muang Sawa were the descendants of Ka un Law, the eldest
THE ME KAWNG AT LUANG PRABANG.
son of Ka un Borom, by his wife Nang Pola. The second son Chet Chieng, who founded Chieng Kwang, or Puan; the third sA u was Ti-Palan, who founded Laksa Kuha, or Yunan.
The second wife had four sons : Chu-Song, who founded Pa-K1111^ or Anam; Lak-Kong, who founded Hongsawadi (Pegu); Lai Ponf, who founded Chieng Dao, or Aleve (Chieng Hung, Siamese a RuJV the Lao having no B); Kun In, the youngest, who founded Si Ay ta ia. Thus Muang Teng is regarded as the distributing centre of a the population of Indo-China.
To settle the long-standing dispute concerning supremacy bet^e^ the Ka Che and the Lao, it was agreed that the mastery should given to those who should make the highest chaleo, or small matt*1*0 placed conspicuously to frighten spirits and tigers from the caf#P The Ka Che set to work, but could not raise their chaleo to a1*