Folktales, Tradition and Memory

Featured Books

* Cambodian Folk Stories from the Gatiloke
* Lao Folktales
* The Folk-Tales of Burma: An Introduction
* Philippine Folk-Tales
* Thai Tales: Folktales of Thailand

Cambodian Folk Stories from the Gatiloke


by Muriel Paskin Carrison and Kong Chhean The Venerable
Tuttle Publishing, 1993

15 of the folk stories from the very ancient literary tradition of Cambodia, the Gatiloke, are translated into English with their origin in the gentle teachings of Buddhist monks.

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Lao Folktales


by Steven Jay Epstein
Silkworm Books, 2006

Here in one slim volume is a selection of the best-known and best-loved Lao folktales that have entertained the Lao people for generations. We meet the legendary trickster Xieng Mieng who matches his wits with merchants, monks, and kings. We find a quick-witted toad that terrifies tigers, a turtle that flies, a cadre of snails that race a rabbit, and a mynah bird that speaks five languages fluently. The reader may recognize a whisper of Aesop or a Jataka tale, but each story is distinctively Lao, retold with Lao humor and charm reflecting a Buddhist culture in a Marxist state. Works by Anoulom Souvandouane, the foremost illustrator in Laos, enliven the stories. Steven Epstein lived in Laos from 1990 to 1997. He worked for the Swedish government setting up English training programs in different ministries.

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The Folk-Tales of Burma: An Introduction


by Khin Thant Han and Gerry Abbott
Brill Academic Publishing, 2000

This handbook is the first in-depth overview of the fascinating world of Burmese folk-tales. Part one provides a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary survey of folk-tale studies, together with a broad functional classification of Burma’s tales. Part two presents, mostly for the first time in a European language, the categorized actual tales themselves. With commentaries on plots and cross-cultural motifs – past and present. With index, substantial bibliography, and suggestions for further research.

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Philippine Folk-Tales


by Mable Cook Cole
Forgotten Books, 2007

A ethnographic collection of regional Philippine folklore, mostly indigenous.

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Thai Tales: Folktales of Thailand


by Margaret Read MacDonald and Supaporn Vathanaprida
Libraries Unlimited, 1994

Margaret Read MacDonald, renowned author of more than 15 books on folklore and storytelling, teams up with librarian Supaporn Vathanaprida to present this fascinating folktale collection and introduction to Thai thought. Drawing on memories of her childhood in Northern Thailand, Supaporn shares her tales and comments to help both adults and children understand the surprising world of Thai folklore and culture. The 28 engaging stories show many aspects of the Buddhist worldview in action. Humorous stories, animal tales, teaching tales of Buddhist monks, and tales of amazing magical events that entertain the Thai imagination are included in the collection.

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