Lao Folktales

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Silkworm Books, 2005 - Fiction - 113 pages
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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 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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User Review  - Maan - Goodreads

Book #10 for 2012: For some strange reason, the tales on Xiang Miang reminded me of the Philippines' Boy Bastos. :)) Go figure. :) Read full review

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User Review  - Phayvanh - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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Contents

It Tastes Sweet
10
How Xieng Mieng Got His Name
23
The Magic Cloth Contest
37
Copyright

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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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