Introduction These Folk-T ales from theL aos country, a part of the kingdom of Siam, in addition to their intrinsic merit have the charm of complete novelty. Until the translator of this volume collected these stories, they were even unvritten, with a single exception which was found in a Laos manuscript. They are orally preserved in the provinces which constitute theL aos country, just as they have been handed down from generations of ancestors, with slight variations in words or incidents. The elders among the people tell the stories at their merrymakings around the camp-fires and within their primitive houses, to amuse and instruct the youth and children. Living among theL aos in the friendly and intimate relation of a missionary, the translator has had the advantage of long residence and unrivalled opportunity for understanding the history, customs, religious ideas and aspirations of this interesting people. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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