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Miss Luang Prabang Parade
The seven beauties as symbolic representations of Kabillaphon's seven daughters.

The story of Pi Mai Lao and Miss LPB Parade

Centuries ago, there lived a man named Thammaban Koumman, a wealthy son who had a magnificent seven-story castle along the riverbank. A man of exceptional intellect and virtue, Thammaban Koumman had graduated from Taiphet with a comprehensive understanding of human nature, animal behavior, and sociology. His wisdom and reputation spread far and wide, even reaching the heavens and reaching the ears of Kabillaphon, the revered Lord of the Worlds.

Intrigued by this exceptional philosopher, Kabillaphon descended from the heavens to challenge Thammaban Koumman's intellect with a perplexing riddle. Kabillaphon proposed a deal: if Thammaban Koumman could correctly answer his riddle, he would grant him the ultimate honor of cutting off his head. However, if Thammaban Koumman failed to answer, Kabillaphon would mercilessly claim his head.

With a heavy heart, Thammaban Koumman accepted the challenge, given seven days to ponder Kabillaphon's enigmatic question: "Where lies the grandeur of people in the morning, afternoon, and evening?" As the days turned into nights, Thammaban Koumman grappled with the riddle's complexity. Until the sixth day, overwhelmed by despair and unable to find an answer, he prepared to meet his fate. He wandered aimlessly and sat under the big tree; during that time, he stumbled upon a couple of birds conversing beneath a tree.

The female bird lamented their lack of sustenance for the following day, while the male bird reassuringly promised a bountiful meal. He explained that Thammaban Koumman's impending demise would provide them with nourishment. Curiosity piqued, the female bird inquired about the nature of Thammaban Koumman's predicament, learning of the riddle posed by Kabillaphon. The male bird revealed the answer to the female bird: the answer to the question is "The grandeur of people lies in their face in the morning, their chest in the afternoon, and their feet in the evening," but he thinks Thammaban Koumman will not be able to answer Kabillaphon's question because this question is really hard.

Enlightened by this revelation, Thammaban Koumman returned to Kabillaphon, his heart filled with newfound hope. With unwavering clarity and precision, he presented the answer to Kabillaphon's riddle. Impressed by Thammaban Koumman's wisdom and resilience, Kabillaphon honored his promise, allowing him to cut off his head. Before his execution, Kabillaphon had told his seven daughters to carefully put his head in a bowl, ensuring it never touched the ground. If his head were to touch the soil, the fire would engulf the world; if it touched the ocean, the waters would dry; and if it touched the sky, a devastating storm would ensue.

Adhering to Kabillaphon's instructions, the seven daughters carried his head in the bowl and did a solemn procession, circling the Samen pillar three times before enshrining it within Mount Kailard. Every year in Lao's May, the seven daughters would bring Kabillaphon's head from the mountain to cleanse and wash, returning it to its resting place. After performing this ritual, the people of the world witnessed the blessings it bestowed upon them. The rains came on time, fostering peace and tranquility. Inspired by this sacred act, they adopted the tradition of pouring clean and perfumed water on one another, giving rise to the joyous Pi Mai Lao celebrations that continue to this day. The Miss Luang Prabang parade serves as a symbolic representation of Kabillaphon's seven daughters, who descend annually to wash and pour water upon his head.