Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Reading Diary A: Tales of the Khasis

What Makes the Eclipse
        I absolutely loved this story. Each character has their own story within the big grand plan of how eclipses came to be.  There is an essence of the modern day “Princess and the Toad” story with the uncovering of the toad-skin to find a beautiful Ka Nam underneath.

How the Peacock Got His Beautiful Feathers
        I have heard many stories about how the peacock got his feathers, but this one by far was the most beautiful and elaborate. These stories go so well together. Incorporating Ka Sngi adds consistency throughout the tales. Ka Sngi’s tears (The Sun’s Tears) caused the spots of the peacock, reminding him and anyone who sees him, of her love.

The peacock after his grey feathers are filled with the color of The Sun's Tears
Provided by Wikipedia

The Formation of the Earth
        This simple little story was rather interesting. The love and rituals of a mother’s daughters formed the valleys and mountains we have today.

The Legend of U Raitong, the Khasi Orpheus
        This hill is the origin of wife- sacrifice? Poor U Raitong, his family taken from him by a terrible epidemic, vowed to lament their death forever. Oh, but he has a secret life at night: he plays his flute while the village sleeps. The poor Mahadei falls in love with him, having his child. Pushed to death, she follows him unable to bear the thought of being without her lover, forming the birth of the love sacrifice.

The Tiger and the Monkeys

        Tiger elected king simply for strength… this could be dangerous. What is strength without wisdom? The monkeys are ready to plot what would be a dispute for all of time. This little practical joke was no joke for the tiger; he is determined to make their little sister his wife. The monkeys make a clay image of the little sister, only to have her head fall of when the tiger comes to see her, starting the war. Wisdom and cunning surpass strength and ignorance.

Bibliography:Folk-Tales of the Khasis by Mrs. K. U. Rafy (1920).
Link to the Folk-Tales: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37884

1 comment:

  1. Tale of the Khasis sounds so interesting after reading your diaries! I want to learn the tales behind why moon eclipse happen and how the peacock got his beautiful feathers. I'll save the link on my computer and read it on free time. I read both of your diaries and the one tale that stood out to me the most was of the moon having shadows on it.