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Pearls and Corals: Qatari Folktales

February 2020

Known in Qatar as hazawi, folktales are the oral stories of everyday life, transmitted within families for education and entertainment in the home, the majlis, or the desert camps. Common characters in Qatari folktales include donkeys, goats, magic fish, jealous wives, orphaned children, sneaky thieves, sea monsters, djinn, folk heroes, and clever old women. Details change with every rendition as a storyteller adds their own flourishes, so that each tale is a dynamic, evolving performance. The stories below, introduced by Autumn Watts, are abundant with social wisdom, moral instruction, and cultural knowledge, and reflect the lessons and concerns of the past and present.

Lamb and ewe
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