The Story of Tam and Cam
Tam lived with her widowed father, who later married at wicked woman. She didn't find out until the day after the wedding. There was a banquet held at her house, and she was locked uup in her room, and couldn't eat supper. When Tamí»s stepmother told lies about her to Tamí»s father, so he did not want anything to do with her. Tamí»s new baby half-sister, Cam, was treated better than her. Tamí»s stepmother sent her and Cam to go fishing, and if they did not have a lot of fish, Tam would get beaten and go to bed without dinner.
Cam did not have any fish, so she tricked Tam and stole all of hers.The Goddess of Mercy told Tam to look in her basket to see if there was anything left.There was only one fish left, and the Goddess told Tam to keep it in her well and feed it three times a day.Tamí»s stepmother killed the fish, so the Goddess told Tam to find and bury ití»s bones and pra. Then, everything she prayed for came true. When the Autumn Festival
Came, Tam had to stay home, and could not attend until she finished her chores. Tam attended to the festival, with the Goddess helping her with her chores, and ran away once she saw her stepmother and sister, and left a slipper behind. The kind found the slipper, and made every female in the palace try it on. The slipper was too small, even for those with the smallest of feet. Then, Tam tried the slipper and it fit perfectly. She became queen afterwards. Her step-mother and Cam did not want to see her happy, so they tried to kill her.
On her father's anniversary, Tam went back home to celebrate it with her family. Her step-mother asked her to climb the areca tree to get some nuts for the guests. While she was on the tree, she felt the tree sway. She saw her step-mother shaking the tree, and asked her why she was doing so. He step-mother said she was only scaring away the ants. The step-mother held a sickle, and cut down the tree, which killed Tam. Just like
the step-mother wanted, Cam became the new wife of the king. Tam's spirit couldn't rest, so it turned into the shape of a nightingale that stayed in the King's garden. Once the King heard her sing, he loved it so much that he kept her in a golden cage near the King's bedroom.
Cam was very jealous of the bird, and killed the nightingale, cooked it, and threw the feathers in the garden. Tam's spirit didn't rest yet, so it turned into a tree. Cam asked her half-sister how to become as white as she was, so she could win the King's heart. Tam said she has to jump into a big basin of boiling water. Cam listened to her sister and died. When Cam's mother heard what happened, she cried until she became blind and soon died from a broken heart.
Facts about Vietnam
Vietnam covers 127,244 square miles. The country has a population of 82,262,356, as of 2007. Vietnam takes up the eastern and souther part of the Indochinese penninsula in Southeast Asia. The South Chinas Sea goes along the entire coast of Vietnam.
The geography of Vietnam differs from tough mountains to fertile flatlands. The mountains are up to 3.143 m. in Fan Si Pan, which is the highest point in all of Vietnam. Vietnam has two major rivers, which are the Red River and the Mekong River. Plateaus are found in the central highlands while the Truong Son (also known as the "backbone of Vietnam") is found in the south. The Mekong river is located in the south and creates a marshy flatland. Vietnam covers 128,066 sq. miles. There are 87 provinces and over 80 million people living in vietnam.