The Blaft Book of Mizo Myths

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by Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte

This small book of six short mythological tales from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, transcreated from oral folklore by Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte, focuses on supernatural love affairs. There is one between a weretigress and a human hunter, another between a man and a phungpuinu (a very ugly sort of goblin), and one in which the king of the Lasi (or hidden folk) takes the beautiful human girl Chawngtinleri to be his bride. The book also includes a retelling of the Mizo creation myth: the Thimzing (or Great Darkness), the legendary Feast of Thlanrawkpa, and the war between the beast of the air and the beasts of the land.