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Posted:22 Oct 2018
Free Publication of a collection of 21 rice tales from Southeast Asia

SEAMEO SPAFA supported the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th International Storytelling Festivals (Thailand) and promoted the heritage of rice culture (Spiritual Dimensions of Rice Culture in Southeast Asia 2015). In connecting these experiences, a publication has been produced and can serve as a resource material. The publication is both educational and entertaining for people of all ages and backgrounds, and promotes and increases appreciation for traditional ways of life and values. The sharing of folktales on rice culture can contribute to the promotion of cultural diversity and shared heritage in the Southeast Asian region. At the Huế Storytelling Festival for Primary School Children, held in 2017, assigned storytellers told tales about rice culture to a student-majority audience during a plenary session. The folktales were documented on video for archiving and dissemination purposes. Some illustrations from a drawing contest were collected and used for the story book’s design and layout.


  1. Provide a platform for teachers, educators, and interested people for the preservation and revitalization of rice folktales and storytelling traditions
  2. Contribute to the sharing of wisdom, cultural values, beliefs and ways of lives surrounding rice culture
  3. Produce a recreational teaching and learning resource for teachers and parents


Publication of a collection of 21 rice tales from Southeast Asia taken from the Huế Storytelling Festival for Primary School Children held on 2-3 March 2017 in digital format. *View and download the publication in PDF format for free by clicking the green button above.


  1. Transmission of traditional folktales and values to children, parents and local communities
  2. Use of the art of storytelling as an educational tool for teachers and parents
  3. Raised appreciation for rice cultural heritage in Southeast Asia


  • 13 Southeast Asian storytellers (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • 2 Editors/Storytellers/Resource persons (Thailand and USA)
  • 248 students for the submission of illustrations in the drawing contest held at the HuếStorytelling Festival for Primary School Children in 2017
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