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Translation and Notes to the Text © 2018 Janet Hujon. Preface © 2018 Mark Turin.

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Soso Tham. Tales of Darkness and Light: Soso Tham’s The Old Days of the Khasis. Translation and Notes to the Text by Janet Hujon. Preface by Mark Turin. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2018.

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World Oral Literature Series, vol. 9 | ISSN: 2050-7933 (Print); 2054-362X (Online)

ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-468-8

ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-469-5

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ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-78374-471-8

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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0137

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