Folk Tales from Eastern Tibet

Folk Tales from Eastern Tibet

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Item Code: IDC381
Author: Ryoshun Kajihama
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788186470367
Pages: 136 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5” X 5.6”
Weight 140 gm
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Publisher’s Note

Tales, fables and stories occupy an important place in the Tibetan way of life. This may not be co in the lives of Tibetans these days, but in the part Tibetans grew up listening to tales from their grandparents or storytellers, Fascinated by such extraordinary and ghostly characters, as ogres, demons, kings and princes, dragons etc, often sounded similar.

We are pleases to bring out this collection of folk tales from Eastern Tibet. The stories have been compiled and meticulously translated into English so that the non-Tibetan readers could take a trip into the world of Tibetan folk tales. The work is presented in a simple, straightforward language keeping as close as possible to the original flavour of the oral narration.

This publication will hopefully be a significant contribution towards fulfilling one of LTWA’s main objectives, which is to preserve and disseminate Tibet’s rich oral folk culture.

We wish to thank Linda Roman for going through the entire collection of stories and offering valuable editorial assistance. We also would like to thank Ms. Jashi Yangzom for her assistance in preparing this book.


Back of The Book

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 juys 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 being. These stories are governed by plots common to all fold tales: the rule of greedy kings is ended; wicked beings are punished, and usually the good are rewarded. One such tale, the final one in this collection, is entitles “The Mare’s Boy” which narrated 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 deep these traditions alive for our study and our pleasure today and in the future.




  Publisher’s Note vii
  Translator’s Note ix
1. A Mother’s Search 1
2. The Clever Boy and the Foolish Boy 7
3. The Yogi 13
4. The Lamb Who Went to Lhasa 17
5. Regret 21
6. A Rabbit Takes Revenge 24
7. The Goat-tail Thief 27
8. One Butter Lamp 30
9. Three Sisters and an Ogress 33
10. The Foolish Son Who Killed His Mother 38
11. The Greedy King and Clever Boy 41
12. Blood from the stone Lions’ Eyes 45
13. The King’s Decree 48
14. The Ewa and the Wolf 51
15. The Lotus Flower and the Gruel King 54
16. The Servant Boy Who Rose to the Throne 58
17. The Old Woman and the Wolf 66
18. The Cunning Rabbit 68
19. A Sheath of Tsampa 71
20. The Golden Vajra 78
21. The Rabbit and the Yeti 82
22. The Wise Ewa 89
23. The Shameless Boy 92
24. The Prince and The Yogi 95
25. The Gold and Silver Kneecaps 103
26. The Golden Hand Grinder 109
27. The Old Mother and the Sheep’s Tail 113
28. The Mare’s Boy 117

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