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Ethnic minority literature

Ethnic minority literature is oral in nature. The Jarai, Rhade (or Ede) and1 Pnong in particular preserve a rich corpus of epic poems which have been passed down from generation to generation through the ancient art of sung storytelling. Delivered during festivals and other special occasions by village elders who learned the ancient tales by heart, these poems serve to teach morality as well as to perpetuate the various proverbs, myths, legends and cosmology associated with each ethnic group.

Sadly this art form has died out in many areas, but it is still practiced in some remoter villages.



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