The Song The Owl God Sang: The collected Ainu legends of Chiri Yukie

by Benjamin Peterson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 099260060X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/22/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, February 22, 2018
I got this softcover from Barnes and Noble; it's a collection of legends from the Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan and eastern Russia. These were all new to me, and while they have some elements in common with folk tales from many cultures, there's a unique sensibility here. I appreciated the author/translator's notes on the process of translation.

Of the tales themselves, there are examples of creatures paying the ultimate price for being rude to a god-in-disguise, of demons trying to hunt down the most powerful gods, and of people learning how to properly honor the spirits of the animals they hunt. Indeed, a theme of respect and gratitude balances the often-grisly details of the punishments meted out to the miscreants!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Kelley Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, February 25, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (2/25/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Kelley Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library this afternoon; hope someone enjoys it!

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