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This is the first English language translation of the Japanese classic Nihon mukashibanashi meii. The work remains the only single-volume reference available to the student of the Japanese folk tale. The author, Yanagita Kunio, was a prominent figure in early twentieth-century Japanese intellectual circles. The Guide is the result of thirty years of folk tale research by Yanagita, his colleagues, and his students. The editor, Fanny Hagin Mayer, having received encouragement and assistance from the late Yanagita Kunio, has brought the 347 folk tale types and the distribution of their variants into conformity with Japanese folk tale scholarship for the use of Western scholars. She has numbered the tale types in the Guide to facilitate reference to Ancient Tales in Modern Japan, the anthology of folk tales selected from the Guide. A complete bibliography of sources, several indexes, and maps have also been furnished by the editor.

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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Translator’s Notes
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. About Folk Tales by Yanagita Kunio
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  1. Part One
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  1. 1. Propitious Births
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  1. 1. Propitious Births
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  1. 3. Unpromising Marriages that Became Happy
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  1. 4. Stepchildren Stories
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  1. 5. Brothers Not Alike
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  1. 6. Finding Treasures
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  1. 7. Overcoming Evils
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  1. 8. Help from Animals
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  1. 9. The Power of Words
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  1. 10. Cleverness at Work
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  1. Part Two
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  1. 11. Stories about Destiny
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  1. 12. Ghost Stories
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  1. 13. Humorous Stories: Exaggerations
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  1. 14. Humorous Stories: Profitless Imitation
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  1. 15. Humorous Stories: Tales of Foolish Villages
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  1. 16. Tales about Birds, Beasts, Plants and Trees
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  1. 17. Miscellaneous Stories between Folk Tales and Legends
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  1. The Fascination of Folk Tales and Names, Beginnings and Endings
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  1. Bibliography of Sources
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  1. Reference Index
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  1. Glossary
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  1. An Alphabetical List of Titles with Tale Numbers
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  1. Alphabetical List of Japanese Titles to Tale-Types
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  1. Geographical Index
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  1. Maps
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253055569
MARC Record
OCLC
1259586140
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
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