Mongolian Folktales

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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 people?s struggles to find a good and decent life. Still others ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937321065
  • Publisher: Avery Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 711,549
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 13
About the illustrator, Norovsambuugiin Baatartsog 29
How storytelling began among the Mongol People 33
How the Camel lost its Antlers and its Tail 37
The Clever Little Hedgehog 43
Did the Khan have a Head? 47
The Legend of Erkhii Mergen, the Archer 51
The Fox and the Lion 55
Why the Camel rolls in the Ashes 57
The Wise Judge 61
Why the Bat lives in the Dark 65
How a Small Rabbit saved a Large Horse 69
The Two Good Brothers 73
How the Chipmunk got its Stripes 77
The Four Friendly Animals 81
How the Wasp lost its Voice 85
The Flying Frog 89
The Fox, the Wolf, and the Bag of Butter 93
The Old Man and the Lion 97
The Mouse who battled the Elephant 103
The Turtle and the Monkey 107
The Faithful Little Fox 111
The Tale of the One-Eyed Frog and the Turtle 115
The Fool and the Moon 119
How the Hare split its Lip 121
Why the Dog, Cat, and Mouse hate each other 125
How Mangas the Monster met his End 129
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    Mongolian Miracle!!! (amazing)!!!!!

    The Book was amazing,well written with the most remarkable illustrations I have ever seen. It's a true Masterpiece!!!!

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