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Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions

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The wisdom and artistry of Latin America's storytellers preserve one of the world's richest folktale traditions--combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America. Among the essential characters are the quiet man's wife who knew the Devil's secrets, the tree daughters who robbed their father's grave, and the wife in disguise who married her own husband--not to mention the Bear's son, the tricksters Fox and Monkey, the two compadres, and the classic rogue Pedro de Urdemalas.

Gathered from twenty countries, including the United States, the stories are here brought together in a core collection of one hundred tales arranged in the form of a velorio, or wake, the most frequent occasion for public storytelling. The tales are preceded by a selection of early Colonial legends foreshadowing the themes of Latino folklore and are followed by a carefully chosen group of modern Indian myths that replay the basic stories in a contrasting key. Riddles, chain riddles, and folk prayers, part and parcel of the velorio along with folktales, are introduced at appropriate junctures.

The collection is unprecedented in size and scope, and most of the tales have not been translated into English before. The result is the first panoramic anthology of Hispano-American folk narratives in any language--meant to be dipped into at random or read straight through from Once and twice makes thrice upon a time to They were happy as the dickens and ate chickens.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375420665
Subtitle:
Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions
Editor:
Bierhorst, John
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Hispanic americans
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Indians
Subject:
Latin americans
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
December 2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.58x6.50x1.31 in. 1.45 lbs.

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Humanities » Mythology » Latin American
Humanities » Mythology » World Tales

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