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Author: Soso Tham; Janet Hujon
Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, 2018.
Series: World oral literature series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Soso Tham (1873-1940), the acknowledged poet laureate of the Khasis of northeastern India, was one of the first writers to give written poetic form to the rich oral tradition of his people. Poet of landscape, myth and memory, Soso Tham paid rich and poignant tribute to his tribe in his masterpiece The Old Days of the Khasis. Janet Hujon's vibrant new translation presents the English reader with Tham's long poem,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tham, Soso.
Tales of Darkness and Light : Soso Tham's The Old Days of the Khasis.
Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Soso Tham; Janet Hujon
ISBN: 9781783744701 1783744707 9781783744688 1783744685
OCLC Number: 1034627045
Description: 1 online resource (102 pages).
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. A Short Biographical Note; 3. Khasi Folktales About Darkness and Light; 4. Ki Symboh Ksiar-Grains of Gold; 5. Ka Persyntiew-The Flower Garden; 6. Pyrthei Mariang-The Natural World; 7. U Lyoh-The Cloud; 8. U Rngiew-The Dark One; 9. U Simpyllieng-The Rainbow; 10. Ka Ïing I Mei-Home; 11. Ka Meirilung-Gentle Motherland; 12. Lum Lamare-Lamare Peak; 13. Ka Aïom Ksiar-Season of Gold; Bibliography.
Series Title: World oral literature series.
Responsibility: translated by Janet Hujon.

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"Soso Tham (1873-1940), the acknowledged poet laureate of the Khasis of northeastern India, was one of the first writers to give written poetic form to the rich oral tradition of his people. Poet of landscape, myth and memory, Soso Tham paid rich and poignant tribute to his tribe in his masterpiece The Old Days of the Khasis. Janet Hujon's vibrant new translation presents the English reader with Tham's long poem, which keeps a rich cultural tradition of the Khasi people alive through its retelling of old narratives and acts as a cultural signpost for their literary identity. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Indian literature and culture and in the interplay between oral traditions and written literary forms. This edition includes: " Original text " English translation " Critical apparatus " Embedded audio recordings of the original text."

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