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Aino  Folk-Tales 

Basil  Hall  Chamberlain 

Not  for  the  squeamish  or  for  children,  these  folk-tales  are  from  the  Ainu,  the 
somewhat  mysterious  indigenous  people  of  Japan,  thousands  of  whom  still  live  in 
the  northern  Japanese  island  of  Hokkaido.  Ranging  over  all  of  the  usual  themes 
of  folklore,  from  creation  to  marriage  to  war,  these  stories  have  a pungent,  ribald 
frankness  concerning  all  aspects  of  human  life  that  offended  their  scholarly 
collector  Basil  Hall  Chamberlain  (his  apologies  to  the  reader  are  themselves 
entertaining)  but  that  make  them  fresh,  provocative,  and  amusing  to  the  twenty- 
first  century  reader.  Attention  to  the  Ainu  is  especially  timely  because  of  the 
revival  in  Japan  of  Ainu  activism  on  behalf  of  indigenous  rights,  pride,  and  culture, 
but  are  well  worth  reading  for  their  purely  entertainment  value. 

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Cover  image:  Ainu  statue  from  the  19th  century. 

Cover  designed  by  Avail le.  This  design  is  in  the  public  domain.