Mongolian Folktales

Mongolian Folktales 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

  • Title: Mongolian Folktales
  • Author: Hilary Roe Metternich Norovsambuugiin Baatartsog
  • ISBN: 9780937321065
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 witThe 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 peopleOs 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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    1. A short collection of Mongolian animal folktales with vivid black-and-white illustrations. I would say it's middle grade level of reading.

    2. It's true that folktales reflect the culture. That's why I never ceased to love folktales. It's mesmerizing and amusing. this book is unique in a way that it combines the storytelling with the beautiful papercut illustrations.

    3. I found the stories in this book to be merely okay, but I'm mesmerized by the illustrations by Baatartsog. These consist of single pieces of black paper against white backgrounds, rendered with an ordinary scissors (or penknife, possibly).

    4. Lovely papercut illustrations, but the folktales were just average.The majority of them were mostly animal fables, which was rather disappointing.

    5. The folk tales are interesting and similar to some East Asian lore I've read. However, the papercut illustrations are truly divine.

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