The village story teller in Burma considered a tale as a tale and no more, and would not distinguish or classify the stories that he told. But actually tales told in Burmese villages could be divided into three categories (1) folk tales (ii) folk legends and (ii) Jatakas or Buddhist birth tales.
This collection of Burmese folk tales is highly coloured and exotic. The stories illumine universal human truths. The atmosphere of these tales is of the same kind as their European counterparts. Some of the tales are highly significant in courts of law and often contain pointers as to how certain situations should be dealt with. They form the foundation of many decisions taken in courts of law.