This collection seeks to fill a gap in folktale literature by offering tales of the Lao. Organized by broad themes and types, it offers more than 50 tales, including creation myths, animal tales, Buddhist Jataka and moral stories, trickster tales, riddles, ghost stories, local legends and more from peoples on both sides of the Mekong River. In addition, the book includes general information about Lao geography, peoples, and history, as well as recipes, games crafts, color photos and line drawings.
Dr. Wajuppa Tossa, an educator and storyteller, teaches English and American Literature, Children's Literature, and Storytelling at Mahasarakham University in Thailand is founder of the university's Storytelling Project and author of a Lao Folk Course and several scholarly books on Lao Folk traditions. She also appears at storytelling festivals worldwide. Kongdeuane Nettavong, Director of the National Library of Laos and author of several folktale collections, including a picture book collection of 10 tales, and a collection of Lao Folktales about herbs and herbal medicine. Margaret Read MacDonald is a folklorist, master storyteller, and a prolific author. She is a member of the advisory board of the World Folklore series, and has edited a number of other volumes in the series.
Chapter 1: Lao Folktales Chapter 2: Buddhist Jataka and Moral Tales Chapter 3: Trickster Tales Chapter 4: Tales of the Fools Chapter 5: Animal Tales Chapter 6: Riddle Stories Chapter 7: Ghost Stories Chapter 8: Magical Tales Chapter 9: Tales of Helpful Gods and Spirits Chapter 10: Place Legends Chapter 11: Origin Myths of the Lao People Chapter 12: Folk Epics Chapter 13: Lao Geography, History and People Chapter 14: Fun with Lao food, crafts, and games.