Narrative structure of Bidayuh animal tales

Florence Gilliam, Kayad and Palisya Siew Ching, Ting (2022) Narrative structure of Bidayuh animal tales. In: Bidayuh lens : Living as a Bidayuh in today's world. UNIMAS Publisher, Sarawak, Malaysia, pp. 27-58. ISBN 978-967-0054-15-5

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Chapter 2, by Florence Gilliam Kayad and Palisya Siew-Ching Ting, unravels the uniqueness of Bidayuh folk tales while at the same time affirming the universality of the narrative structure of the tales. Interestingly, tales with animal-human relationship such as “The Tree of Siburan” have more characters and a more complex plot than tales with animal-animal relationship such as “The mouse deer and the snail” and tales with human-animal transformation such as “Sibago, the cockerel”. The authors gauged how familiar some younger Bidayuhs were with the folktales using the reader response approach, and found out that they often only knew the gist of the tales. The authors raised a red flag on the imminent loss of a crucial part of the Bidayuh cultural heritage.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Folk tales, cultural heritage, social identity, local community.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Kayad
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 07:42
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2023 07:28

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