Lao Folktales

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Libraries Unlimited, 2008 - Education - 205 pages
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Since the political upheaval of the 1970s, the oral tradition in Laos has begun to fade, yet to date no folktale collections have covered the diversity of Laos and its people. This collection seeks to fill this gap in literature by offering tales of the Lao, Phutai, Phuan, Hmong, Khamu, and the Isaan. Organised by broad themes and types, it offers more than 50 tales, including creation myths, animal tales, Buddhist Jataka and moral stories, trickster tales, riddles, ghost stories, local legends and more from peoples on both sides of the Mekong River. In addition, the book includes general information about Lao geography, peoples and history, as well as recipes, games crafts, colour photos and line drawings.

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Lao Folktales
Buddhist Jataka and Moral Tales
A Flying Lesson

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DR. WAJUPPA TOSSA, an educator and storyteller, teaches English and American Literature, Children's Literature, and Storytelling at Mahasarakham University in Thailand; is founder of the university's Storytelling Project; is author of a Lao Folk Course and several scholarly books on Lao Folk traditions; and appears at storytelling festivals worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Gisa Jahnichen, born in Halle (Saale), Germany, currently working on musicology, anthropology, and audiovisual archiving, was doing research over more than 25 years in South East Asia. She is teaching at various universities in Europe and Asia, among them Universiti Putra Malaysia, encouraging many of her students in developing their observation and description skills in different research areas.

Margaret Read MacDonald is a storyteller, author, folklorist, and children's librarian, whom School Library Journal has called "a grand dame of storytelling." Ms. MacDonald is the author of numerous books, including pickin' peas, illustrated by Pat Cummings, and the award-winning book The Parents' Guide to Storytelling. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.

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