Akhu Tönpa

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Akhu Tönpa is a fictional character portrayed as a trickster in Tibetan folklore. "Akhu" means uncle in Tibetan, but it is also used as a title for older men by younger people.

According to "a survey of fifty-three Tibetan students from Yul shul, Mgo log, Rma Iho, Mtsho byang, Mtsho Iho, and Mtsho nub prefectures studying at Qinghai Education College in Xining...all the students had heard Aa khu bstan pa (Akhu Tönpa) stories, thirty-three students had heard Afanti stories,"[1] while many other Tibetan tricksters were only known by a small number of the students, showing the ubiquity of Akhu Tönpa stories.

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  1. ^ Mchog Dge Legs, Kun, Dpal Ldan Bkra Shis, and Kevin Stuart. "Tibetan Tricksters." Asian Folklore Studies. 1st ed. Vol. 58. N.p.: Nanzan U, 1999. 5-30. Print.
  • Rinjing Dorje (1975). Tales of Uncle Tompa, the legendary rascal of Tibet. San Rafael, Calif.: Dorje Ling. ISBN 9780915880027.

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