Author: Ryoshun KajihamaTranslator(s): Ryoshun KajihamaPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 123ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186470344
Folk Tales from Eastern Tibet, an English translation of the traditional tales prevalent in the Amdo region of Tibet was originally published in Japanese by Professor Ryoshun Kajihama, Setsunam University.This collection consists of twenty-eight tales; most of which come from the memories of the Tibetans. These folk tales convey a sense of the traditional nomadic life and within them we can catch a glimpse of a nomad's friendships, enmities, and conflicts and can get a sense of his or her joys and sorrows.Just as in folk tales everywhere, this collection includes many animal stories, tales of family strife and community division, disputes about morals and laws and encounters with magic and magic beings. These stories are governed by plots common to all folk tales: the rule of greedy kings is ended; wicked beings are punished, and usually the good are rewarded. One such tales, the final one in this collection, is entitled The Mare's Boy which narrates the story of an extraordinary youth, born from a mare, who eventually becomes king of the land by defeating the copper-beaked she-devil who threatens the health and prosperity of the community and by living in peace with those who had formerly hurt him. This translation will give non-Tibetan readers a glimpse of Tibetan folk tales and keep these traditions alive for our study and our pleasure today and in the future.
Publisher's NoteTranslator's NoteA Mother's SearchThe Clever Boy and the Foolish BoyThe YogiThe Lamb Who Went to LhasaRegretA Rabbit Takes RevengeThe Goat-tail ThiefOne Butter LampThree Sisters and an OgressThe Foolish Son Who Killed His MotherThe Greedy King and the Clever BoyBlood from the Stone Lions' EyesThe King's DecreeThe Ewe and the WolfThe Lotus Flower and the Cruel KingThe Servant Boy Who Rose to the ThroneThe Old Woman and the WolfThe Cunning RabbitA Sheath of TsampaThe Golden VajraThe Rabbit and the YetiThe Wise EweThe Shameless BoyThe Prince and the YogiThe Gold and Silver KneecapsThe Golden Hand GrinderThe Old Mother and the Sheep's TailThe Mare's Boy