Book, Lao Folktales

Kickstarter: Lao Children’s Book: Xieng Mieng Adventures

This is an update on the project, if you have not made a pledge you still have time, February 28, 2013 will be the last day.  Most people think of a pledge as giving or donating monies, but in this case you are preordering the book through Amazon.com.  Once you make a pledge, choose your… Continue reading Kickstarter: Lao Children’s Book: Xieng Mieng Adventures

Lao Folktales, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Today is the start of the water festival in Laos and Thailand. This is a story told in Laos to explain why Lao people pour water on each other on the New Year in the fifth Lunar month. The story is called Nang Sangkaan. The origin of the parade of Nang Sangkaan is not Buddhist,… Continue reading Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Buddhism, Holiday, Lao Folktales, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

This is a story told in Laos to explain why Lao people pour water on each other on the New Year in the fifth Lunar month. The story is called Nang Sangkaan. The origin of the parade of Nang Sangkaan is not Buddhist, but Brahmanism. Later, Lao people changed the tradition, but kept the idea… Continue reading Sok Dee Pee Mai and Happy New Year

Lao Folktales, Laos

Lao Folktales – Xiang Miang Outwits the King

Video by ArnuShawn Translated and description by Nye Noona Narrated by Mr. Akkasith It is not common for subordinates to speak back or outwit their superior in the Lao tradition or amongst Lao people, but in the Lao Folktales, the notorious trickster Xiang Miang was an exception, he was so clever that it was a… Continue reading Lao Folktales – Xiang Miang Outwits the King

Book, Ghost story, Lao Folktales, Thai Folktales

Lao Folktales: Phi Kongkoi, the Ghost Named Kongkoi

I’ve been searching for Lao folktales, and was told by a friend about SEAsite Laos website that have a good collection of Lao folktales.  Then I found a book called Lao Folktales by Wajuppa Tossa with Kongdeuane Nettavong, edited by Margaret Read MacDonald.  It’s in hardcover and has some of the great stories that my… Continue reading Lao Folktales: Phi Kongkoi, the Ghost Named Kongkoi