| 
  • If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Buried in cloud files? We can help with Spring cleaning!

    Whether you use Dropbox, Drive, G-Suite, OneDrive, Gmail, Slack, Notion, or all of the above, Dokkio will organize your files for you. Try Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) for free today.

  • Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) was #2 on Product Hunt! Check out what people are saying by clicking here.

View
 

The Trickster

Page history last edited by hgayley@... 10 years, 7 months ago

 

 


 

Aku Tonpa is a Tibetan folk hero and trickster figure. Emerging from the oral tradition, tales about this fictive figure's exploits always contain a good dose of humor. Stories about Aku Tonpa and similar characters, like Nyicho Zangpo, are now being set down in writing and published.

 

The story recounted here comes from a collection, titled simply A khu ston pa, published by the Tibetan Minorities Publishing House in Lhasa. The story, "The Trickster" (Bslu brid byed pa), pits the clever opportunism of Aku Tonpa against a naive interlocutor.

 

The humor of the situation builds in these stories, in part, due to audience expectations about Aku Tonpa's character. This allows the audience to anticipate the conclusion and relish the unfolding of events. In other words, the audience enjoys observing the "trick" without themselves being fooled.

 

 

 

 

Reference:

 

Bde skyid bzang mo (ed.). A khu ston pa. Lha sa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang, 2002.

 

 

 

Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.