Lao Folktales (World Folklore (Hardcover))

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Press: Libraries Unlimited (March 30, 2008)
Author Name:Tossa, Wajuppa/ Nettavong, Kongdeuane/ MacDonald, Margaret Read (EDT)


This collection seeks to fill a gap in folktale literature by offering tales of the Lao. 
Organized 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, color photos and line drawings.

About the Author

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 and author of a Lao Folk Course and several scholarly books on Lao Folk traditions.
She also appears at storytelling festivals worldwide.Kongdeuane Nettavong, Director of the National Library of Laos and author of several folktale collections, including a picture book collection of 10 tales, and a collection of Lao Folktales about herbs and herbal medicine.Margaret Read MacDonald is a folklorist, master storyteller, and a prolific author.
She is a member of the advisory board of the World Folklore series, and has edited a number of other volumes in the series.


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  •     Part of the World Folklore Series, Lao Folktales collects classic fairy tales, legends, and parables of the people of Laos, garnered through interviews with storytellers as well as studies of old chronicles and palm-leaf manuscripts. More than 50 tales from creation myths to animal tales, Buddhist Jataka, moral stories, trickster tales, ghost stories, riddles, legends, and more fill this wonderfully rich and exciting volume. Enhanced with supplementary material such as a brief introduction into to Lao geography and history, as well as notes on tale sources and motifs, Lao Folktales is an undeniably worthy addition to public library, college library, and private folklore collections everywhere.

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