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This book contains a selection of folktales collected in Viet Nam from 1960 to 1975. Viet Nam's indigenous minority peoples are representative of several language groupings. The focus of this work includes folktales from three language families: Austronesian, Mon-Khmer, and Tai.
The fieldworkers who have collected and studied the oral literature included in this volume are grateful to those who have shared their rich traditions. Studying the present material in the original languages has contributed to a deeper understanding of each culture through its vocabulary as well as its grammar and discourse style. The hope is to contribute towards the preservation of this literature for future generations of the peoples of Indochina. The intent of the authors is to provide the reader with a unique window on cultures whose literatures, despite their richness, are not yet widely known.
I. Popular Tales
II. Tiger and Rabbit Stories
III. Lazy/Itchy Man Stories