Friedl, Erika, The Folktales and Storytellers of Tribal Iran: Culture, Ethos and Identity, Londres, I.B.Tauris, 2014, 216p.
What are the myths and stories that penetrate a society’s everyday practices? What are the un-questioned ‘truths’ that hold the keys to understanding both the concept of self-perception and group identity? Here, Erika Friedl highlights the role of the fairy tale and folklore in the creation, transmission and manipulation of regional and national identities. Having carried out anthropological research in Iran since 1965, Friedl is uniquely placed to analyse the ways in which the folklore and fairy tales – both the stories themselves and the telling of the stories – have an impact on the idea of what it means to be ‘Iranian’. The Folktales and Storytellers of Iran explores the key ideas of cultural identity, self-knowledge and understanding, and how these are represented and developed through a rich literary tradition of folklore and storytelling in what was for a long time an oral-based culture.