Khan’s Riddles

A Kyrgyzstan tale which is wonderful for a wedding

The tale is told by many tellers, but I first heard it only recently, performed by Karin Tscholl. She tells me she heard it from the ever-generous Canadian teller, Dan Yashinsky.
My version here, recorded at the 2012 Urbane Geschichtenoase, Zurich, is what I told a month before at the wedding celebration of my son and his wonderful wife.

After seeing this recording, Audrey Kopp mailed:
I had recently listened to your story via the link you sent to STORYTELL when I found a book in a local library entitled: Riddling Tales from around the World, selected by Marjorie Dundas (who, by the way, thanks you in her preface). So I checked out the book.
On p. 13 is “The Clever Wife” which is the first part of your story. It’s from The Kaha Bird: Tales from the Steppes of Central Asia by Mirra Ginsburg. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1971. A hasty look through the rest of the book did not turn up the second part of your story.


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The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

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