Author: Anita NairPublisher: Penguin/PuffinYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 178ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143335871
All the people on earth get together to push the sky up with giant poles because it is too low and they keep bumping their head against it. The crafty snake gets to know god’s secret message to man and becomes immortal by shedding its skin. An emperor’s sorrow bursts forth as flames and lava and turns Mount Fuji into a volcano.These are just some of the fantastic and magical myths and legends from all over the world-Africa to Japan and Thailand to Alaska-that have been brought together in this exquisite collection. Charming and simple, yet profound in their wisdom, the stories encompass a diverse range. Some recount unforgettable tales of love and adventure, of dutiful sons and scheming gods, of enchanted lands and giant serpents. Others tell us how the world was created, why the sun and moon never meet each other though they live in the same sky, how clouds appeared to save mankind from the sun’s scorching rays, and why living creatures shed tears when they are in pain.Retold here by best-selling author Anita Nair, these timeless stories come alive with a freshness and exuberance that is sure to delight and captivate.
Why People Began to Live in HousesThe Story of Nanna, the MoonHow Marshlands Came to Be The Hungry GhostThe Story of DhruvaThe Hare on the MoonThe Snakes’s SecretHow the Sky Went So HighThe Story of TaliesinClouds in the SkyHow the Ping River and Moon River Came to BeWhy All Living Creatures Began to WeepWhy the Warau Indians Seldom BatheThe Story of the Sun and the MoonThe Noble DogHorus, the Dutiful sonOssian’s SorrowWishpoosh and CoyoteThe Eagle’s EggHow Isis Became a ConstellationWhy the Day Always ReturnsWhy Man Did Not Become ImmortalWhy We Have Spit in Our Intestines How Japan Became the Land of the Rising SunHow Death Came to StayWhy the Bear’s Tail Is Just a StumpThe Balance between Life and DeathTalking Brought Me HereHow Food Came to Be CookedHow Mount Fuji Became a VolcanoHow Whales, Seals and Fish Were Born