Mongolian Folktales

ISBN-10: 0937321060
ISBN-13: 9780937321065
Edition: N/A
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Description: The Republic of Mongolia lies on a high plateau between Russia and China. The raw beauty of its landscape is breathtaking. A proximity to animals and the environment has led to a rich heritage of songs and tales related to nature. This book includes  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 1/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 132
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946

The Republic of Mongolia lies on a high plateau between Russia and China. The raw beauty of its landscape is breathtaking. A proximity to animals and the environment has led to a rich heritage of songs and tales related to nature. This book includes 25 traditional Mongolian folktales. The most ancient date back to the 12th century and are concerned with human relations with the natural world. Others use the whimsicality of animals to describe peopleÕs struggles to find a good and decent life. Still others frankly applaud cunning, with, and the ability to survive an unfriendly competition. The immediacy of these stories and illustrations is compelling. The tales should by all rights be read aloud to children. At the same time, the foundations of the rich culture that they describe will be of significance to anyone studying Central Asian history and culture. The stories are vividly illustrated by the papercuts of the Mongolian artists N. Baatarstog. An introduction to the book has been written by the eminent authority on folktales in Mongolia, P. Khorloo, the author of several scholarly volumes and collector of many of these tales in the early part of this century. Hilary Metternich has edited and assembled the book; she is a scholar of Mongolian culture and the wife of the German ambassador in Ulaanbaatar.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
About the illustrator, Norovsambuugiin Baatartsog
How storytelling began among the Mongol People
How the Camel lost its Antlers and its Tail
The Clever Little Hedgehog
Did the Khan have a Head?
The Legend of Erkhii Mergen, the Archer
The Fox and the Lion
Why the Camel rolls in the Ashes
The Wise Judge
Why the Bat lives in the Dark
How a Small Rabbit saved a Large Horse
The Two Good Brothers
How the Chipmunk got its Stripes
The Four Friendly Animals
How the Wasp lost its Voice
The Flying Frog
The Fox, the Wolf, and the Bag of Butter
The Old Man and the Lion
The Mouse who battled the Elephant
The Turtle and the Monkey
The Faithful Little Fox
The Tale of the One-Eyed Frog and the Turtle
The Fool and the Moon
How the Hare split its Lip
Why the Dog, Cat, and Mouse hate each other
How Mangas the Monster met his End

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