Latin American Folktales
Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions
By John Bierhorst (Editor)
(Pantheon Books, Paperback, 9780375714399, 400pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2003
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Gathered from twenty countries, including the United States, the stories are brought together here in a core collection of one hundred tales arranged in the form of a "velorio," or wake, the most frequent occasion for public storytelling. The tales are preceded by a selection of early Colonial legends foreshadowing the themes of Latino folklore and are followed by a carefully chosen group of modern Indian myths that replay the basic stories in a contrasting key. Riddles, chain riddles, and folk prayers, part and parcel of the "velorio" along with folktales, are introduced at appropriate junctures.
The collection is unprecedented in size and scope, and most of the tales have not been translated into English before. The result is the first panoramic anthology of Hispano-American folk narratives in any language.
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library.