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Tales of Darkness and Light

Soso Tham's The Old Days of the Khasis

by Janet Hujon

Tales of Darkness and Light

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Soso Tham (1873-1940), the acknowledged poet laureate of the Khasis of northeastern India, was one of the first writers to give written poetic form to the rich oral tradition of his people.

Poet of landscape, myth and memory, Soso Tham paid rich and poignant tribute to his tribe in his masterpiece The Old Days of the Khasis. Janet Hujon's vibrant new translation presents the English reader with Tham's long poem, which keeps a rich cultural tradition of the Khasi people alive through its retelling of old narratives and acts as a cultural signpost for their literary identity.

This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Indian literature and culture and in the interplay between oral traditions and written literary forms.

This edition includes: English translation; Critical apparatus; Embedded audio recordings of the original poem.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Tales of Darkness and Light ebook for free in PDF format (53.9 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
A Short Biographical Note
Chapter 3
Khasi Folktales About Darkness and Light
Chapter 4
Ki Symboh Ksiar (Grains of Gold)
Chapter 5
Ka Persyntiew (The Flower Garden)
Chapter 6
Pyrthei Mariang (The Natural World)
Chapter 7
U Lyoh (The Cloud)
Chapter 8
U Rngiew (The Dark One)
Chapter 9
U Simpyllieng (The Rainbow)
Chapter 10
Ka Ïing I Mei (Home)
Chapter 11
Ka Meirilung (Gentle Motherland)
Chapter 12
Lum Lamare (Lamare Peak)
Chapter 13
Ka Aïom Ksiar (Season of Gold)

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Tales of Darkness and Light
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