“King of elephants” Ama Kong died at 102
VietNamNet Bridge – At around 2pm on November 3, the legendary man of the Central Highlands died at his home in Tri A village, Krong Ana commune, Buon Don district, Dak Lak province.

Earlier, Ama Kong, who is called the “King of Elephants”, was treated for a stomachache at the Dak Lak Hospital. After the surgery, he was taken home for treatment as an outpatient in a weakened state of health.

Ama Kong’s real name is Y Prung Eban, a M'nong ethnic. According to the custom of the ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands, the father is often called after the name of his first son so Prung Eban, after the birth of his first son, became Ama Kong (meaning the father of Kong).

When he was alive, Ama Kong did many great things and is classified as one of the legends of the Central Highlands.

He is the greatest elephant hunter in Buon Don Village and successfully domesticated nearly 300 wild elephant. He used to be honored to represent elephants as gifts for the King of Thailand and the King of Laos; hunted elephants with Emperor Bao Dai, Vietnam’s latest king; caught a rare white elephant; and tamed a rare one-tusk and wise elephant.

Ama Kong's two first wives were the most beautiful flowers of the Central Highlands. H'Nu unfortunately died while giving birth to her second child. According to custom, her younger sister H'Hot (15 years old younger than Ama Kong) had to replace her sister to take care of her brother-in-law and her nephews. H'Hot had 11 children with Ama Kong. After that, Ama Kong brought another woman home and had three more daughters.

Ama Kong is also known as the inventor of the traditional medicine that can enhance man’s sexual ability. This medicine is branded after his name. It is widely known and becomes a famous tourism product in Dak Lak. Thanks to this medicine, when he was 80 years old, Ama Kong still insisted to marry a 25-year-old girl who he accidentally met when he visited another village.

To attract more visitors to Dak Lak, Ama Kong was allowed to go into the forest to pick herbs for sale. Visitors flocked to the National Park, trying to buy the medicine of "Ama Kong". After that many people also made “Ama Kong” medicines for sale.

Thu Ha