Title: Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans: The Epic ...
Publisher: Princeton University/University of Tokyo Press, Princeton and Tokyo
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
415 pages. An English-language collection, with commentary, of Ainu tales and folklore. The Ainu are a native people living in the far north of Japan. First edition (first printing). Original box very good; book fine; publisher's glassine dust jacket very good. Uncommon nice and complete. Bookseller Inventory # 136123
As an especially beautiful and pure example of the archaic epic styles that were once current among the hunting and fishing peoples of northern Asia, the Ainu epic folklore is of immense literary value. This collection and English translation by Donald Philippi contains thirty-three representative selections from a number of epic genres including mythic epics, culture hero epics, women's epics, and heroic epics. This is the first time, outside of Japan, that the Ainu epic folklore has been treated in a comprehensive manner.
Originally published in 1979.
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Language Notes: Text: English (translation)
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