Myth-Folklore Book: Laos Folk-Lore

This book is part of the Laos unit.

Laos Folk-Lore by Katherine Neville Fleeson, with photographs by W.A. Briggs (1899).

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Table of Contents

I. Tales of the Jungle
A Child of the Woods
The Enchanted Mountain
The Spirit-Guarded Cave
The Mountain Spirits and the Stone Mortars

II. Fables from the Forest
Right and Might
Why the Lip of the Elephant Droops
How a Dead Tiger Killed the Princess
The Monkeys and the Crabs

III. Nature’s Riddles and their Answers
The Man in the Moon
The Origin of Lightning
Why the Parrot and the Minor Bird but Echo the Words of Man
The Fatherless Birds

IV. Romance and Tragedy
The Lovers’ Leap
The Faithful Husband
The Faithful Wife
An Unexpected Issue

V. Temples and Priests
The Giants’ Mountain and the Temple
Cheating the Priest
The Disappointed Priest
The Greedy Priest
The Ambitious Priest

VI. Moderation and Greed
The Wizard and the Beggar
A Covetous Neighbor
A Lazy Man’s Plot
The Ungrateful Fisherman
The Legend of the Rice

VII. Parables and Proverbs
“One Woman, in Deceit and Craft, is More than a Match for Eight Men”
“The Wisest Man of a Small Village is Not Equal in Wisdom to a Boy of the City Streets”
“To Aid Beast is Merit; to Aid Man is But Vanity”

VIII. The Gods Know and the Gods Reward
Love’s Secrets
Strife and Peace
The Widow’s Punishment
Honesty Rewarded
The Justice of In Ta Pome

IX. Wonders of Wisdom
The Words of Untold Value
A Wise Philosopher
The Boys Who Were Not Appreciated
The Magic Well

X. Strange Fortunes of Strange People
The Fortunes of Ai Powlo
The Fortunes of a Lazy Beggar
The Misfortunes of Paw Yan
An Unfortunate Shot

XI. Stories Gone Astray
The Blind Man
“Heads, I Win. Tails, You Lose”
The Great Boaster
A Clever Thief
Eyeless-Needle, Rotten-Egg, Rotten-Banana, Old-Fish and Broken-Pestle

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