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Lao Folktales

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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 spea ...more
Paperback, 113 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Silkworm Books
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Mark Mccarthy
Nov 17, 2013 Mark Mccarthy rated it it was amazing
I agree with earlier reviews that there is little cultural background and the stories are cut down to the bare bones. I feel that this was quite beneficial in the context in which I read it, however. I purchased this book in Vientiane at the midway point of my visit to Laos and it served a number of important purposes.

First, the lack of cultural background gave me some room for speculation and observation, two things I highly value as part of my traveling experience. Additionally, the desire for
Mar 09, 2009 Phayvanh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: researchers
Shelves: reviews, 2009, laos
This volume contains 23(?) collected and retold by Steven Jay Epstein. Most of them are Trickster tales, half featuring animals, the other half featuring the character Xieng Mieng. These are bare-bones retellings, without flourishes, though the author admits to having added a few minor details (as all storytellers must).

There are notes in the back of the book, but they lack much cultural significance beyond explaining some story aspects to Western readers. There is little folkloric history behin
Feb 09, 2012 Maan added it
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Book #10 for 2012: For some strange reason, the tales on Xiang Miang reminded me of the Philippines' Boy Bastos. :)) Go figure. :)
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