The Folk-Tales of Burma: An Introduction

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Gerry Abbott
BRILL, 2000 - 392 pages
This handbook is the first in-depth overview of the fascinating world of Burmese folk-tales. Part one provides a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary survey of folk-tale studies, together with a broad functional classification of Burma's tales. Part two presents, mostly for the first time in a European language, the categorized actual tales themselves. With commentaries on plots and cross-cultural motifs - past and present. With index, substantial bibliography, and suggestions for further research.
 

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Table des matières

Introduction Introduction
4
228
6
The liferestoring plant on the moon
20
Why the owls eyes are open wide
26
Summaries of selected tales
31
Suggestions for further research
41
Introduction
51
Why the Kachins have so many nats Kachin
80
The wise fox Somra Naga
274
Jackfruit tree and bitter gourd vine Maru
276
Five hundred steps Rawang
277
To each his own Mon
279
Looking for true love Lahu
281
The abbots mantra Pao
284
The coconut palm owner Kachin
288
The man who looked for the Lord of Death Arakanese
290

WONDER TALES
127
The weretiger and Keik
133
The werehorse
139
Concern for humans only brings me pain Arakanese
150
Cham Seng and the peet
158
Nan Yihsaing
168
Smim Katut Kalawam
176
Nan La
183
Eindaw Shinma
192
Master BornofEgg
198
The Silver Hill
204
TRICKSTER SIMPLETON TALES ETC Commentary
218
The man in a boat who wasnt afraid of ghosts Mon
221
The canny Lord of Death Pao
222
Liar Mvkang sells ashes Rawang
225
Stick spear and golden spear Lahu
226
If you shit on the way theres a hundred to pay Intha
228
The story of Ataplem Mon
230
The monkey and the crocodile Shan
235
Kyongsi the sparrow and the Nagà king Palaung
236
The rabbit and the fox Mindat Chin
238
The elephant versus the tiger Palaung
239
The fellow at the towneaters house Taungyo
241
The ten simpletons Arakanese
243
Tall tales Yaw
250
Mr Golden Simple and his wife Burman
255
The end of the Na Hsaung Soe ogres Padaung
258
The painting competition Palaung 230 235 236 238 239 241 243 250 255 258
262
GUIDANCE TALES LAY Commentary
267
The peacock king of the birds Karen
268
The no hands dance Lisu
269
The longtongued person has twice the burden Intha
271
Lets have a carveup Mon 277 279 281 284 288 290
294
GUIDANCE TALES CLERICAL
297
Law tales All Burman 79 Tiger as judge
298
The ardent young lover as judge
299
The promise
300
The elephantdriver who lost his elephant
303
Makebelieve tales
304
Monks tales All Burman
307
To each his own foot
308
Saturdayborns
310
The monk and the dwindling tiger
311
ran because the other ran
312
The British envoy
313
The village wiseman and the elephant tracks
314
Jataka tales Various sources
315
The lovesick widower AssakaJataka
316
The narrow highway RajovadaJataka
319
The grateful elephant AlinaCittaJataka
322
Learning an old ones tricks can get you out of a fix an TipallatthaMiga Jataka
326
The nagà prince Bhuridatta Jataka
329
The hare SasaJataka
332
Compound tales Commentary
336
The elephant and the man IB + IIB Kayah
337
Hkun Hsaik IB + IIIA Shan
338
The rose apple tree IB + IA Burman
342
The legend of Tawmèpa IA + IIB Karen
345
Nang Upem and Khun Samlaw IA + IB Shan
349
Dont trust every smooth talker IIIA + IIB Pao
353
Bibliography
357
Ethnological notes
366
Index
385
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Gerry Abbott, Ph.D. (1997) in Education, Manchester University, and now Honorary Fellow at Manchester University, has published extensively in the teaching of English overseas. His more recent books on Burmese culture include "Inroads into Burma" (Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1997). Khin Thant Han, M.A. (1977) in English, Rangoon Institute of Education, taught for many years in Burmese Universities. Retiring as Senior Lecturer in English in 1994, she now concentrates on translating from, and occasionally broadcasting in, Burmese.