Once upon a time, in a small village called Longkhum Chung, there lived a brave man called Ranphan.  During those days there was also a ferocious tiger that had killed many people in that particular village, and everyone was afraid to go out, in case they too were attacked.

One day the wife of brave Ranphan went to the forest to collect firewood. When she did not return, Ranphan went out to look for her in the jungle.  To his great astonishment he found nine women lying dead in a pool of blood, including his pregnant wife.  With tears rolling down his cheeks, he inspected all the bodies to discover that they were all from his village and that they had all most certainly been killed by the tiger.

He then lay down between the corpses and pretended to be dead, but he kept his sword hidden in his hand.  He had also collected ten small pipe-like pieces of bamboo which he fitted onto his ten fingers.

As lay there, the tiger returned with yet another victim, which he placed with the rest in the row.  The tiger then counted all his victims one by one: He remembered killing the first woman when she was returning from the paddy field;  the second had met her end while collecting firewood and the third while fetching water;  the forth had been killed while she was harvesting vegetables.  Others had been killed while they were fishing and one had even been killed in her own home.  But when he came to brave Ranphan, he could not remember him, and so he kept him to one side.

The tiger then ate his fill of the victims and tired, he lay down to sleep.

Now Ranphan had been waiting for an opportunity to get revenge on the tiger, but he needed to know that the tiger really was asleep.  He broke one of the small bamboo pieces that he had put on his fingers and the tiger’s ears twitched, a clear indication that the tiger was not really asleep at all.

He continued to break all the bamboo pipes one by one but it was only when he reached the tenth that the tiger did not twitch,  confirming that he was fast asleep at last.  Ranphan silently got up and taking up his sword, he beheaded the tiger with a shout of victory.  Ranphan carried the tiger’s head home and placed it on a big banyan tree called “monkiton” where enemies heads were hung as a sign of victory.

The villagers praised Ranphan for killing the most ferocious tiger, and everyone lived happily ever after.