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Cambodian Folk Stories from the Gatiloke
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.
Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 1st 1900 by Tuttle Publishing
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A short yet entertaining read. 15 stories, plus an appendix about the history and culture of Cambodia. The stories are all Buddhist teaching tales, and they reflect Buddhist world views in all kinds of intriguing ways - rascals don't get punished (that's up to karma), and people who believe them are seen as deserving to be tricked. Contains a story about a clever princess, and a whole lot of tricksters. Enjoyable read.
Although only containing 15 of the 121 stories in the Gatiloke, these 15 stories still give wonderful insight into some of the underpinnings of the Cambodian Buddhist traditions. Unlike most modern versions of Americanized fairy/folk tales, many of these stories are not sanitized and the stories are not changed to ensure a happy or less gruesome ending. Some are warnings against greed, avarice, and immorality. Some are lessons of what happens when one uses reason as opposed to believing in magic ...more
Intéressant. C'est la première fois que je lisais des nouvelles cambodgiennes bien que je sois de cette culture. J'aime bien les petites explications qui suivent les nouvelles par rapport à leur leçon de vie. Par contre, l'appendice n'avait pas vraiment de rapport avec les contes en général...