Malaysian Fables, Folk Tales and Legends
From the Introduction to 'Fables and Folk Tales from an Eastern Forest' (1901) by Walter Skeat:
The tales contained in this little volume were taken down from the lips of the Malay peasantry in the twilight of their own tropical jungle, during the progress of the Cambridge Expedition of 1899 through the remoter States of the Malay Peninsula. The tales themselves, as will be obvious to the reader, are the merest gleanings from an extensive harvest-field, and make no pretensions whatever to any completeness or finality. For the most part, indeed, the book is an experiment, the object of which is to ascertain to what extent the native "Soother-of-care" (as the village storyteller is designated by his Malayan audience) may tell his tale in words of his own choosing, without alienating the interest of the Western(ized) reader.
From the Introduction to 'Dyak (Iban) Legends' (1904) by Edwin H. Gomez
There are many fairy-tales and legends known to the Sea Dyaks of the present day. These seem to be handed down, by word of mouth, from generation to generation from ancient times. These stories and legends may be divided into two classes: 1. Those which are purely fabulous and related as such, and are simply meant to interest and amuse, and in these respects resemble the fairy-tales familiar to us all; 2. And those believed to be perfectly true, and to have actually taken place, and are the traditions respecting their gods and preternatural beings. These form, in fact, the mythology of the Dyaks.
|Author||Walter Skeat & Edwin H. Gomez|
|Published||2019 (First Editions, 1901, 1904, 1911)|