South Asian Folklore
Edited by Peter Claus, Sarah Diamond, Margaret Mills
Routledge – 2003 – 736 pages
With 600 signed, alphabetically organized articles covering the entirety of folklore in South Asia, this new resource includes countries and regions, ethnic groups, religious concepts and practices, artistic genres, holidays and traditions, and many other concepts.
A preface introduces the material, while a comprehensive index, cross-references, and black and white illustrations round out the work. The focus on south Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with short survey articles on Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, and various diaspora communities. This unique reference will be invaluable for collections serving students, scholars, and the general public.
"An impressive wealth of information… This fine book provides a readable introduction to topics that are often neglected by Western study… Until now there have been no encyclopedic overviews… With its thorough scholarship and unique coverage, South Asian Folklore is recommended for large public and academic libraries." -- Booklist/RBB (starred review)
"An accessible guide… A rich tapestry for lay reader and scholar alike. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries." -- Library Journaln
"This wider-ranging survey encompasses art, architecture, music, dance, food, literature, theater, religion, and much more… Fills a gap long unaddressed in American reference collections. It will serve academic and public libraries well." -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews