Tales of the Hare: 27 Classic Folktales from Cambodia
 

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a fascination Asian nation rich in art, culture and history.

One thousand years ago, the Khmer people grew into a magnificent civilization, leaving a legacy of architectural marvels like the jungle temple of Angkor Wat. Today, every Southeast Asian visitor still sees the genius and beauty of the Khmer people infused in local traditions.

Cambodia has always been an exotic land of tropical abundance. Each year the endless waters of the mighty Mekong River and seasonal monsoons bring life-giving water to the fertile soil. This is why Cambodia produces huge quantities of rice, fish, fruits and vegetables, to the delight of farmers and animals alike.

Like people throughout the world, Cambodians created folktales over the centuries. Elders passed stories on to their children, sometimes to teach and other times to entertain. However, in this ancient land with powerful animals like elephants, tigers and cobras some tales have a surprising hero: a small rabbit!

Ah, but Mr. Hare uses his brain to make up for his size! Time and again he outsmarts huge elephants, hungry crocodiles, fierce tigers...and even men!

Now students of Khmer and English can enjoy this amusing collection with side-by-side translations to inspire students of both languages to continue the tradition!

Chhany Sak-Humphry
University of Hawai'i Manoa
sak@hawaii.edu

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How the Hare Saved the Elephant’s Skin
How the Hare, Caught in a Snare, Escaped (and Rescued Some Fish!)
How the Hare Crossed the River on the Crocodile’s Back
How the Snails Outwitted the Hare
The Tale of the Hare and the Tiger-Cat’s Tail
The Tale of the Toad, the Hare and the Snare
The Falling Orange That Scared the Hare and How He Tricked the Angry Tiger
How the Hare Ate the Tiger-Cat’s Lunch
How the Hare Escaped the Jaws of the Crocodile
How the Hare and the Goat Became Friends
How the Hare and the Goat Scared the Tiger and Knocked Out the Monkey
How the Hare and the Goat Crossed the River
How the Hare Punished the Crocodile For Seeking Revenge
How the Hare Tricked the Lonely Toad
How the Hare Rescued a Man and Punished the Crocodile
How the Hare Taught the Tiger to Play Music
How the Hare Escaped the Tiger in the Well
How the Hare Ate an Old Woman’s Bananas
How the Hare Divided the Otter’s Fish
The Hare, the Tiger, the Hen and the Three Horned Antelope
How the Hare Got Back At the Tiger
How the Hare Saved the Fish With a Leaf
How the Hare Saved the Four Headed Man from the Tiger
Judge Hare and the Missing Buffalo
Judge Hare and the Fish Trap in the Tree
How Judge Hare Helped a Man Get His Wife Back
How the Hare Tricked a Spirit



 
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