Legends of the Lepchas - Folk Tales From Sikkim

Item Code: NAE385
Author: Yishey Doma
Publisher: Tranquebar Press
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9789380283791
Pages: 135 (22 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.0 inch x 5.0 inch
Weight 160 gm
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‘In the beginning there was nothing but vast emptiness on earth and in the sky. Jtbu-moo, the Mother Creator, shaped the mountains, the rivers and the lakes. But something was missing. Why did her creation feel empty? So, taking a fresh ball of snow, she created the first man.., and then the first woman. These became the chief deities of the Lepchas.’

The Lepchas, defined by a language and a script, inhabit the region currently falling under the state of Sikkim, District Darjeeling of West Bengal, 11am District of eastern Nepal and the south western parts of Bhutan. They have ancient lore to suggest their inhabitance in the region from time immemorial.

Many of these tales are included in this delightful collection by Yishey Doma, and nature in a cohesive world where one describing gods, goddesses, people, animals cannot do without the other.

Accompanying each short story is an illustration by Pankaj Thapa etching the Lyrical Sweep and mood of the tale.

Westland/Tranquebar proudly presents the first in a series of folklore from around the country.


About of the Book

Journalist and poet Yishey Doma is the author of the widely acclaimed coffee-table hook Sikkim, The Ridden Fruitful Valley.

Born on 25 December 1979 at Martam, near Rumtek in Sikkim, her foray into the realm of writing began in 1997 when she started scribbling poems and articles, which later got published in the North Eastern Weekend Review. She also received the first North East Poetry Award in 2007 from the Poetry Society (India) for her poem on ‘Impermanence’.

Armed with a degree in Sociology and Journalism and Mass Communications, she has penned several essays on the socio-cultural aspect of Sikkimese society, which were published in various journals and newspapers including The Statesman. Some of these essays have also appeared in the anthology Sikkim: Stranger’s Notes & Other Essays. Yishey was awarded the title ‘Best Working Journalist in Sikkim’ in 2007. She regularly contributes articles on travel and Buddhism to a large number of magazines and newspapers in India.

A keen researcher on Buddhist affairs, Yishey was an assistant researcher for the award-winning documentary film Lama Dances of Sikkim. She is presently involved in projects on Buddhism and on the life and culture in Himalayan regions which will come out shortly. She lives in Gangtok.




Acknowledgements VII
Children of the snowy peaks 1
The death of lasso mung puno 10
The crown of music 23
The marriage of tarbong nom and narip nom 27
How the lepchas got grain 40
The stairway to heaven 47
The race between teesta and rangeet 50
The sun and the moon 54
How the cat began to live with man 59
The bird with the Golden beak 63
The orphan boy and the river nymph 68
The cave of the Occult fairies 74
How jhyo rathey and anadhi phoda got separated 80
A tale of two tress 83
The hare and the old couple 89
The abominable snowman 95
Khye bumsa the wandering prince 100
The lake that shifted 108
How humans were saved from demons 111
The mystical vase 119
Lapcha dem the rock fairy 125
Namasamay and his magic drum 130


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