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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 50;

Himalayan Folklore and the Fairy Tale Genre

Independent scholar, UK;
Academic Editor: Claudia Schwabe
Received: 1 March 2016 / Revised: 22 May 2016 / Accepted: 27 June 2016 / Published: 5 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture)
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Based on fieldwork by the author conducted in Tibetan cultural areas of the Indian Himalayas, this paper explores Himalayan understandings of what defines a fairy tale, in contrast to the Western understanding. In parts of the Himalayas, a distinction is made between “lakshung” (fairy tales) and “kyakshung”, which are shorter stories, the kind one might tell over tea. In light of the proposals to record and disseminate many of these stories using new media, this paper seeks to examine these genre definitions and investigates the various contexts in which these stories are told. View Full-Text
Keywords: fairy tale; Himalaya; new media; genre definitions fairy tale; Himalaya; new media; genre definitions
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