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Tales from the Taiwanese

World Folklore S.

By Gary Marvin Davison

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Format: Hardback, 200 pages
Other Information: colour photos & line drawings
Published In: United States, 30 August 2004
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Although there are many collections of Chinese folktales, there are none that focus on the tales of Taiwan, which have evolved in a tradition separate and distinct from that of mainland China. The Taiwanese tradition embraces tales from the Han and other groups from the mainland, as well as those of the Yuanzhumin, the island's indigenous people. Here then, is a wonderful collection of more than 20 Taiwanese tales - from how and why stories, humorous tales, and animal tales to stories that demonstrate Taiwanese values and ethics. In addition to the stories, readers will find a brief history of the island, and discussion questions and activity ideas to extend learning and enjoyment; as well as simple Taiwanese recipes, colour photos, and traditional drawings. Stories can be read aloud to younger students, while older children will enjoy reading and performing them on their own. This delightful introduction to Taiwanese traditions is a superb educational tool, and a great addition to the storytelling shelf.

Table of Contents

Introduction Taiwan's History Taiwanese Values Little-Bitty Banping Mountain The Much-Deserved Good Fortune of Li Menhuan A Tale of Three Brothers Justice Comes to Elder Sister Lintou The Magical Rice Pot of Fairy Cave The Fate of a Kind-Hearted Servant Girl The Virtuous Wife of Dajia Taiwanese Religion and Ethics The Friendship of Tai Yangpian and Zhi Wuye The Origins of the Taiwanese Ancestral Tablet A Heart Buzzing with Kindness A Wealthy Landowner, A River Spirit, A City God Taiwanese Tales of Natural Origins The Origin of Fireflies How Saltwater Came to Fill the Seas The God of Thunder and the Mother of Lightening The Strange Plant Known as "White Horse Mateng" Taiwanese Sayings and Their Origins When Three People Have Only Five Eyes The Tiger-Nosed Lion Who Wanted to Burn Up Heaven Reckless Words Spoken Once Too Often Taiwanese Legends and Historical Tales Anvil Mountain and the Well of Koxinga The Luck of Zhishan The Origins of Aiyu The Trials and Triumphs of General Chen-Fu The Red-Haired Well The Stone Turtle That Could Swim The Legend and History of Longshan Temple The Legend of Sun-Moon Lake Taiwanese Humor The Goofiness of Chen Ah Ai A Thoroughly Goofy Son-in-Law Recipes

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A wonderful sampling of more than 20 Taiwanese tales that appeal to all ages-from how and why stories, humorous tales, and animal tales to stories that demonstrate Taiwanese values and ethics. Also includes a brief history of the island, discussion questions, and activity ideas to extend learning and enjoyment; as well as simple Taiwanese recipes, color photos, and traditional drawings.

About the Author

Gary Marvin Davison has very diverse teaching experiences as he has taught in prison, at four high schools and two universities, and at ESL institutions in Taiwan, where he has lived for two lengthy periods and where he visits frequently.

EAN: 9781591581116
ISBN: 1591581117
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited Inc.,U.S.
Dimensions: 26.16 x 18.29 x 1.83 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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