Minyak Folktales

Bkra shis bzang po (b. 1989) recorded these five folktales in Xining City, Qinghai Province, PR China on 3 November 2008. They are narrated in Minyak, a Qiangic language spoken in at least nine villages, including Bkra shis bzang po's natal village of Bang smad, located in Bang smad Township, Nyag rong County, Dkar mdzes Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The other villages where Minyak is spoken are also in Bang smad Township. Minyak is also spoken in Ma 'chig Township in Nyag rong County however, the number of Minyak-speaking communities there is unknown.

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Track # Title Time Description
01An Old Woman Braids Her Hair14.08An old woman goes to braid her hair at her sister's home. On the road, she meets a ghost who kills her, eats her, and then goes to her home. The ghost eats one of the children, but another escapes. The child returns, and with the help of a goddess, takes revenge. File Size: 12.2 MB
02Pig's Head Diviner20.35A lazy man meets a series of fortunes and misfortunes that result in him posing as a fortune-teller who uses a pig's head to divine the future. Eventually, his ruse catches up with him. File Size: 17.8 MB
03A Kid Repays the Thanks4.51Carrying her mother's ashes to Lhasa, a young kid goat meets a wolf who wants to eat her. The kid strikes a bargain with the wolf and is eventually saved, thanks to a clever rabbit. File Size: 4.19 MB
04Uncle Dunba and the Bull3.28The cunning Uncle Dunba tricks a guileless farmer out of a bull. File Size: 2.94 MB
05Uncle Dunba Helps Plow a Field2.51Uncle Dunba tricks another farmer out of his bull by offering to help plow a field. File Size: 2.41 MB