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Apatanis speak of two types of stories, miji and migung, which are distinguished by several factors but not by content or truth value. Migung, or stories told in prose without ritual intent, may be separated into those that resemble folktales and those that resemble myths and histories. The ?tales' in this chapter speaks of animal-husbands, man-eating monsters, magic trees and mistreated heroines. Also, like many international folktales, the stories in this chapter tend to focus on the family drama, the tensions between sisters, brothers, brother and sister, husband and wife. Although Apatani stories do not belong to an Indian, Indo-European or Tibetan tradition of storytelling, more than one is a version of an international folktale.

Keywords: Apatanis; Indo-European tradition; international folktales; migung; miji; storytelling; tales; Tibetan tradition



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