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Specimens of Ainu Folk-Lore

By Batchelor, John

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Title: Specimens of Ainu Folk-Lore  
Author: Batchelor, John
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Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Japan, Ainu
Collections: Sacred Texts
Historic
Publication Date:
1888
Publisher: Internet Sacred Text Archive (ISTA)

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John, B. (1888). Specimens of Ainu Folk-Lore. Retrieved from http://www.nationalpubliclibrary.com/


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Description: These folktales were originally published in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan in three installments. The printed original is in parallel columns with the Ainu alongside Batchelor's English translations, and these Ainu versions are still considered a valuable source today (one of them was retranslated by Donald Philippi in his excellent collection Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans Tokyo, 1979); the untranslated Ainu has, however, been eliminated in this version. John Batchelor was an Englishman and a missionary to the Ainu for a large part of his life. Because of his calling, he needs to be approached with caution as a source, but his large output of Ainu studies is still one of the primary sources for 19th century Ainu life. He is also mildly condescending toward his subjects, but unlike the book Aino Folk-Tales, also posted at sacred-texts, the author of this collection shows at times a genuine appreciation for the Ainu as people and for their yukar as literature.

 

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