Tales of Darkness and Light: Soso Tham's The Old Days of the Khasis - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Janet Hujon

Published On

2018-04-25

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-468-8
Hardback978-1-78374-469-5
PDF978-1-78374-470-1
HTML978-1-80064-556-1
XML978-1-78374-505-0
EPUB978-1-78374-471-8
MOBI978-1-78374-472-5

Language

  • English
  • Khasi

Print Length

100 pages (viii + 92)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 5 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.21" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 8 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.31" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback339g (11.96oz)
Hardback710g (25.04oz)

Media

Illustrations3

OCLC Number

1096897095

LCCN

2019452732

BIC

  • DS
  • DCQ
  • DCF

BISAC

  • LCO004000
  • LIT022000
  • POE009000

LCC

  • PL4451.9.T46

Keywords

  • Soso Tham
  • Khasi
  • long poem
  • poetry
  • northeastern India
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Tales of Darkness and Light

Soso Tham's The Old Days of the Khasis

Soso Tham (1873–1940), the acknowledged poet laureate of the Khasis of northeastern India, was one of the first writers to give written poetic form to the rich oral tradition of his people.

Poet of landscape, myth and memory, Soso Tham paid rich and poignant tribute to his tribe in his masterpiece The Old Days of the Khasis. Janet Hujon’s vibrant new translation presents the English reader with Tham’s long poem, which keeps a rich cultural tradition of the Khasi people alive through its retelling of old narratives and acts as a cultural signpost for their literary identity.

This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Indian literature and culture and in the interplay between oral traditions and written literary forms.
This edition includes:

• Original text • English translation
• Critical apparatus • Embedded audio recordings of the original text

Endorsements

Soso Tham was an Indian poet who worked at a time when English was slowly effacing the nuances of ancient Indian culture. Now, however, in Janet Hujon’s valuable translation, English is the very medium that enables Tham’s poetry to reach a wider audience. Hujon draws on parallels from the Romantic imagination and other sympathetic literary traditions of myth to illuminate and contextualise Tham’s work for an English-speaking audience. This translation will contribute to giving Soso Tham the wider recognition he deserves as a poet, and more generally to introduce Western readers to the rich literary traditions of northeast India.

Dr Vayu Naidu

SOAS, University of London

Additional Resources

Contents

1. Introduction

(pp. 7–16)
  • Janet Hujon
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.01

2. A Short Biographical Note

(pp. 17–18)
  • Janet Hujon
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.02

3. Khasi Folktales About Darkness and Light

(pp. 19–22)
  • Janet Hujon
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.03

4. Ki Symboh Ksiar – Grains of Gold

(pp. 23–26)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.04

5. Ka Persyntiew – The Flower Garden

(pp. 27–30)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.05

6. Pyrthei Mariang – The Natural World

(pp. 31–34)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.06

7. U Lyoh–The Cloud

(pp. 35–42)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.07

8. U Rngiew – The Dark One

(pp. 43–50)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.08

9. U Simpyllieng – The Rainbow

(pp. 51–56)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.09

10. Ka Ïing I Mei – Home

(pp. 57–64)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.10

11. Ka Meirilung – Gentle Motherland

(pp. 65–70)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.11

12. Lum Lamare – Lamare Peak

(pp. 71–78)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.12

13. Ka Aïom Ksiar – Season of Gold

(pp. 79–84)
  • Soso Tham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.13

Preface

(pp. 1–4)
  • Mark Turin
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.14

Acknowledgements

(pp. 5–6)
  • Janet Hujon
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0137.15

Contributors

Soso Tham

(author)

Mark Turin

(preface by)