Shan TolfLore Stories from the 7-till and Water Country
William Claries Cfriyys
The following stories have been taken from the great[v] mass of unwritten lore that is
to the black-eyed, brown-skinned boys and girls of the Shan mountain country of
Burma what "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Cinderella" are to our own children.
The old saw as to the songs and laws of a country may or may not be true. I feel
confident, however, that stories such as these, being as they are purely native, with
as little admixture of Western ideas as it was possible to give them in dressing them
in their garment of English words, will give a better insight into what the native of
Burma really is, his modes of thought and ways of looking at and measuring things,
than a treatise thrice as long and representing infinitely more literary merit than will
be found in these little tales; and at the same time I hope they will be found to the
average reader, at least, more interesting.
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