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From the descendants of the Huns and the mighty warrior, Chinggis Khan (or, as he is known to Westerners, Genghis Khan), and the land of the steppes and the Gobi Desert, come tales of passion, strife, magic, and laughter. This collection of traditional Mongolian folktales, the only one of its kind currently available in English, features more than 60 fascinating stories, r From the descendants of the Huns and the mighty warrior, Chinggis Khan (or, as he is known to Westerners, Genghis Khan), and the land of the steppes and the Gobi Desert, come tales of passion, strife, magic, and laughter. This collection of traditional Mongolian folktales, the only one of its kind currently available in English, features more than 60 fascinating stories, ranging from The Legend of the Magic Bone and Seven Brown Mice to The Dreaming Boy and A Fiery Red Khan. The tales are organized in chapters that cover legends, myths, animal tales, magical tales, stories of life conditions, and humor. In addition, the authors provide an introduction to Mongolia, games, recipes, color photos, and notes on the stories. All levels.


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From the descendants of the Huns and the mighty warrior, Chinggis Khan (or, as he is known to Westerners, Genghis Khan), and the land of the steppes and the Gobi Desert, come tales of passion, strife, magic, and laughter. This collection of traditional Mongolian folktales, the only one of its kind currently available in English, features more than 60 fascinating stories, r From the descendants of the Huns and the mighty warrior, Chinggis Khan (or, as he is known to Westerners, Genghis Khan), and the land of the steppes and the Gobi Desert, come tales of passion, strife, magic, and laughter. This collection of traditional Mongolian folktales, the only one of its kind currently available in English, features more than 60 fascinating stories, ranging from The Legend of the Magic Bone and Seven Brown Mice to The Dreaming Boy and A Fiery Red Khan. The tales are organized in chapters that cover legends, myths, animal tales, magical tales, stories of life conditions, and humor. In addition, the authors provide an introduction to Mongolia, games, recipes, color photos, and notes on the stories. All levels.

31 review for Mongolian Folktales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Doria

    Excellent and informative, this collection of stories is also a goldmine of cultural, geographical and historical information about Mongolia and its people. The book is divided into separate chapters, each focusing on a different genre of narrative (myths, folktales, riddles, etc) or cultural enrichment. There are even some recipes! For folklorists, there is a list in back of all relevant folktale motifs used, organized by story. There are marvelous contemporary photographs from Mongolia as well Excellent and informative, this collection of stories is also a goldmine of cultural, geographical and historical information about Mongolia and its people. The book is divided into separate chapters, each focusing on a different genre of narrative (myths, folktales, riddles, etc) or cultural enrichment. There are even some recipes! For folklorists, there is a list in back of all relevant folktale motifs used, organized by story. There are marvelous contemporary photographs from Mongolia as well, indicating that their rich legacy of native traditions endures and thrives to this day; my favorite were the pictures of the mobile libraries delivering books to children throughout the country, by way of of camels! The stories are varied and dynamic, and the book itself is a valuable resource, highly recommended for both adults and school-aged kids.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I read this awhile back. Trying to clear out some books awaiting review! I can't imagine that there are a lot of books on Mongolian folklore out there, so this is a good find. I'm not an expert on the subject, but it seemed like a great introduction to me. In addition to categories of folklore such as myths, legends, humorous tales, proverbs, and so on, the book also contained supplemental information about the geography, history, etc. of Mongolia. This background info would be useful useful for I read this awhile back. Trying to clear out some books awaiting review! I can't imagine that there are a lot of books on Mongolian folklore out there, so this is a good find. I'm not an expert on the subject, but it seemed like a great introduction to me. In addition to categories of folklore such as myths, legends, humorous tales, proverbs, and so on, the book also contained supplemental information about the geography, history, etc. of Mongolia. This background info would be useful useful for anyone who doesn't know a lot about the culture. The tales themselves are well told. Of course, they have some things in common with folk and fairy tales around the world. There are also elements that are particular to Mongolia--for example, horses and camels play a prominent role in many stories. Mongolia is one of my areas of interest, for whatever reason. I started writing a fantasy short story set partially there and after reading some of this book, I discovered that my ideas had even more in common with these stories than I had thought! Anyway, this book is a great way to have some fun exploring a fascinating culture!

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    Carol Angiers

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    Raka Ghataf

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    Rosa

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    Jill Furniss

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    AIDAN GAMPHER

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    Ganzorig Huhuu

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    Dharmendra

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    Shanelle

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