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Folk-Lore and Legends: Oriental   By:

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The East is rich in Folklore, and the lorist is not troubled to discover material, but to select only that which it is best worth his while to preserve. The conditions under which the people live are most favourable to the preservation of the ancient legends, and the cultivation of the powers of narration fits the Oriental to present his stories in a more polished style than is usual in the Western countries. The reader of these tales will observe many points of similarity between them and the popular fictions of the West similarity of thought and incident and nothing, perhaps, speaks more eloquently the universal brotherhood of man than this oneness of folk fiction. At the same time, the Tales of the East are unique, lighted up as they are by a gorgeous extravagance of imagination which never fails to attract and delight.

C. J. T.



The Cobbler Astrologer, 1

The Legend of the Terrestrial Paradise of Sheddád, the Son of 'A'd, 21

The Tomb of Noosheerwân, 30

Ameen and the Ghool, 37

The Relations of Ssidi Kur, 47 The Adventures of the Rich Youth, 53 The Adventures of the Beggar's Son, 58 The Adventures of Massang, 68 The Magician with the Swine's Head, 77 The History of Sunshine and his Brother, 89 The Wonderful Man who overcame the Chan, 96 The Bird Man, 101 The Painter and the Wood carver, 106 The Stealing of the Heart, 110 The Man and his Wife, 115 Of the Maiden Ssuwarandari, 119

The Two Cats, 127

Legend of Dhurrumnath, 132

The Traveller's Adventure, 135

The Seven Stages of Roostem, 141

The Man who never Laughed, 151

The Fox and the Wolf, 162

The Shepherd and the Jogie, 184

The Perfidious Vizier, 186


In the great city of Isfahan lived Ahmed the cobbler, an honest and industrious man, whose wish was to pass through life quietly; and he might have done so, had he not married a handsome wife, who, although she had condescended to accept of him as a husband, was far from being contented with his humble sphere of life.

Sittâra, such was the name of Ahmed's wife, was ever forming foolish schemes of riches and grandeur; and though Ahmed never encouraged them, he was too fond a husband to quarrel with what gave her pleasure. An incredulous smile or a shake of the head was his only answer to her often told day dreams; and she continued to persuade herself that she was certainly destined to great fortune.

It happened one evening, while in this temper of mind, that she went to the Hemmâm, where she saw a lady retiring dressed in a magnificent robe, covered with jewels, and surrounded by slaves. This was the very condition Sittâra had always longed for, and she eagerly inquired the name of the happy person who had so many attendants and such fine jewels. She learned it was the wife of the chief astrologer to the king. With this information she returned home... Continue reading book >>

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