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Thằng Bờm (Bờm the Fool, Bờm the village idiot) is a Vietnamese folktale character. [1]

Fable short fictional story that anthropomorphises non-humans to illustrate a moral lesson

Fable is a literary genre: a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, legendary creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that are anthropomorphized and that illustrates or leads to a particular moral lesson, which may at the end be added explicitly as a pithy maxim or saying.

The Thằng Bờm stories, along with poems like the satirical Truyện Trê Cóc , were among the folktales reanalysed by socialist scholars. [2]

Truyện Trê Cóc is a 398-line satirical poem written in Vietnam in the 13th Century.

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  1. Mille et un proverbes p22 Vân Hoà - 2011 " de thằng Bờm, de Bờm l'idiot du village,"
  2. Patricia M. Pelley Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past 2002 p270 "Writers such as Ngô Quân Miện, Ngọc Lân, Nguyễn Hồng Phong, Ninh Viết Giao, Trần Hữu Chí, Trương Chính, and Văn Tân debated the meaning of the folktales Thằng Bờm and Truyện Trê Cóc."