A Comparative Study of Saraiki Animal Tales with the American Animal Tales

  •  Zahoor Hussain    
  •  Saiqa Imtiaz Asif    


Recently, the researchers and scholars have developed a tradition of reviving past and fostering nationalism among the speakers through their past/history. Saraiki civilization has also its both tangible and intangible assets like other oldest rural civilizations of the world. There at international level, a lot of work has been done in the field of folktales so far as their classification according to their types structures and functions. In Pakistan, no significant work has been done. The study is aimed to compare the Saraiki animal tales with the American animal tales through the American model developed by Uther in 2004 popularly known as Aarne-Thompson-Uther model. The current study is the comparative structural analysis of the Saraiki folktales. The Saraiki folktales were collected through participant observation, observation and interviews. The study was conducted in the rural areas of Southern Punjab, Pakistan. The multistage approach was applied to collect the folktales from the research area on the principle of probability sampling through the informants from the study area. The researcher for this purpose used the purposive sampling technique to select the informants of his study Saraiki folktales. The researcher selected 09 animal tales were compared to the plots recorded in an international American Arne-Thompson-Uther (2004) model generally known as the ATU and traced similarities of plots between the Saraiki folktales and internationally recorded American animal tales. The Saraiki oral tradition may be collected and classified for the preservation of cultural heritage and for further research in this field.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1923-869X
  • ISSN(Online): 1923-8703
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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