A spirit with a taste for frogs -- and young men
These two ghost stories have been passed along orally in Laos for many generations.
The first story tells of a young man in the countryside. He goes out one rainy night to catch frogs, but to his surprise, he can't hear any croaking in the usual spot. Then he hears footsteps on the water. It's Phiiphong, the spirit – who wants to eat him. He concocts a plot with other villagers to catch Phiiphong, using frogs as bait.
"Phi" is the Lao word for spirit or ghost, and Phi stories are among our most popular.
retold by Sithan Keoumpay and Manyvone Bounyoung, illustrated by Lengly Herchualy
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