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Bawang

by Micha F. Lindemans
A character from Balinese folklore. She was betrayed by her wicked sister Kesuna and fled into the forest where in her sadness she starts to pray for protection. Hearing birds singing, she sings a song to them, as if to the gods. In return, the birds peck her head, neck, and wrists, giving her gold jewelry and a crown. When Kesuna hears of his, she tries to duplicate her sister's good fortune but ends up with snakes instead.

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