Folk Tales of Nicobar

Folk Tales of Nicobar

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Author: Rabin Roychowdhury
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 86
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126012994


The stories collected in this volume represent popular folk tales of yesteryears. Also included are a historical background of the Nicobar Islands, its beliefs, customs and festivals.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been bestowed with immense beauty of nature. What is most significant is the presence of the tribes, the Andamanese and Nicobarese. Most of the tribal customs and rituals have become sullied owing to the onslaught of modernization; what remains largely are the tales of yesteryears.

The Nicobarese culture is thoroughly on oral tradition expressed in folk performances
like folk songs and folk tales keeping in view the tribal milieu and the motifs of folk tales. Also included are a historical background of the Nicobar Islands, their beliefs, customs and festivals.

The excellent illustrations by Swapnesh Chowdhury lend further charm to the stories.


Historical Background of the Nicobar Islands
The Nicobarese and Their Ethnic Lineage
Nicobarese Beliefs and Superstitions
Nicobarese Customs and festivals

Folk Tales

Creation of the Sun and the Moon

Origin of the Nicobarese

The Giant and the Midgets

The Story of a Man who became a Python

Creation of Car Nicobar

Story of the Coconut Palms

Origin of Bats

Origin of Sharks

Might of the Little Folks

Discovery of Chowra

How did the Coco-palms Came to be Grown in Chowra

Revenge of the Chowra People

Origin of the Little One

Ot-Nya-Hum-Ku the Magician

The Devil and the Wild Pigs

Origin of Bompoka Island

Story of a Kind Shark

How a Man was Turned into a Toad!

Why Trees Stopped Moving

The Cruel Mother

Home Coming

The Girl on the Moon

Spell of the Evil Spirit

The Princess and Her Pet Dog

Story of a Boy and a Whale

Story of a Foreign Spirit To-sanet
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