Readings from the week: Hindu influences on Thai Buddhism

This week I finished Sightseeing, Thai Tales, and The Night Tiger. I’m still plugging away at Contes Populaires de Cambodge, du Laos, et du Siam—in fact I’m still reading the same story that I was last week (“Vorvong et Saurivong”), but I feel better about it because I realized this story makes up the entire second half of the book. So when I finish it, I’m done (thank God). I’ve gotten to the point where I’m assigning it to myself, like homework, and am only sticking it out because I’m so close to the end that I might as well finish it.

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Darangen: too epic for me

Darangen: in original Maranao verse with English translation, vol. I, Anon. (oral epic), transcribed by Hadji Lawa Cali et al., translated by Ma. Delia Coronel, 1986 (original composition sometime before the 14th century)

  • Philippines, #1
  • Borrowed from San Francisco Public Library (via interlibrary loan)
  • Read October 2017
  • Rating 3/5
  • Recommended for: scholars, princesses in towers, and other people with lots of time on their hands

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The Book of Luelen: The thought collector

The Book of Luelen, Luelen Bernart, 1977 (written in 1934-46)

  • Federated States of Micronesia, #1
  • Borrowed from SF Library
  • Read January 2017
  • Rating: 2/5 (BUT: this rating reflects only my reading enjoyment and is not a reflection of the inherent quality of the book. The reason for this distinction will become clear further on)
  • Recommended for: ethnobotanical historians and sociocultural anthropologists

Annotations to the Book of Luelen, John L. Fisher, Saul H. Reisenberg, Marjorie G. Whiting (eds.), 1978

  • Borrowed from SF Library
  • Read January 2017
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Recommended for: as above, only more so

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The Incomparable Ulli Beier

Words of ParadisePoetry of Papua New Guinea, ed. Ulli Beier, 1972

When the Moon Was Big, and Other Legends from New Guinea, ed. Ulli Beier, 1972

Voices of Independence: New Black Writing from Papua New Guinea, ed. Ulli Beier, 1980

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