Thai Tales: Folktales of Thailand

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Margaret Read MacDonald, renowned author of more than 15 books on folklore and storytelling, teams up with librarian Supaporn Vathanaprida to present this fascinating folktale collection and introduction to Thai thought. Drawing on memories of her childhood in Northern Thailand, Supaporn shares her tales and comments to help both adults and children understand the surprising world of Thai folklore and culture. The 28 engaging stories show many aspects of the Buddhist worldview in action. Humorous stories, animal tales, teaching tales of Buddhist monks, and tales of amazing magical events that entertain the Thai imagination are included in the collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563080968
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 6/15/1994
  • Series: World Folklore Series, #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Nithan Gohok: Lying Tales 1
Lung Ta, the Calm Woodcutter 1
The Liars Compete 4
The Marvelous Canning Factory 6
The Liars Contest of the King 8
Ch. 2 Nithan Talok: Humorous Tales 13
Drinking with Yommaban, the King of the Dead 13
Sri Thanonchai and the King 17
Sri Thanonchai and the Two Moons 18
Sri Thanonchai's Special Dishes 20
Ch. 3 Nithan Ruang Sat: Animal Tales 25
Why the Bear Has a Short Tail 25
Tiger Seeks Wisdom 29
The Elephants and the Bees 31
Power and Wisdom 33
Ch. 4 Nithan Chadok: Jataka Tales 35
The Deer Buddha 35
Seven Stars 39
The Honest Woodcutter 42
The Thieving Crow 45
Ch. 5 Nithan Son Khati Tam: Tales to Make You Think 49
Who Is Best? 49
The Pious Son-in-Law 52
He Who Thinks He Is First Is Unwise 55
Plenty 59
The Good Boy 61
Medicine to Revive the Dead 64
When Death Comes 67
If It Belongs to Us, It Will Come to Us 71
Ch. 6 Tamnan: Local Legends 75
Muang Laplae: The Land of Fantasy 75
Mouse Island and Cat Island 79
Ch. 7 Nithan Songkhruang: Elaborate Tales 89
Kaeo, the Horse-Face Girl 89
Chet Huat Chet Hai Seven Pot, Seven Jar 96
Ch. 8 Thep Niyai: Tales of Helpful Gods and Spirits 105
The Twin Stars 105
Songkran: A Thai New Year Story 109
The Daughters of Thao Kabinlaphrom and Their Attributes 114
Ch. 9 The Place of Buddhism in Thai Life 115
Buddhist Concepts 115
Tham Boon, Making Merit 115
Plongtok, Acceptance 115
Attahi Attano Natho, Self-Reliance 116
Chai Yen, Self-Restraint 116
Mai Pen Rai, "Never Mind" 116
Kreng Chai, Consideration 117
Respect for Elders 117
Humbleness and Gentleness 117
Monkhood 117
The Buddhist Philosophy 118
Samsara, The Wheel of Life 118
The Way of Buddha, or the Path Toward Enlightenment 119
The Eightfold Path, or The Middle Way 119
Five Rules of Conduct for Laymen 120
Prom Wihan 120
Thailand, The Land of Smiles 120
Comparative Notes and Sources for Tales 123
Thai Folktale Genre 123
A Note on Motif and Type Numbers Used 124
Notes on Tale Sources 124
More Books to Read About Thailand 136
Thai Folktales 136
Buddhist Tales and Books About Buddhism 136
About Thailand 136
Fiction Set in Thailand 137
Picture Books 137
Works Consulted 137
Thai Language Works Consulted 140
Index 143
About the Author and Editor 152
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