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Tales of the Sun or Folklore of Southern India   By:

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Folklore of Southern India.

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London: W. H. Allen & Co. 13 Waterloo Place, and at Calcutta.



In offering these few Indian tales to the public, I cannot refrain from adding a few words at the beginning to express to Pandit Natêsa Sástrî my gratitude for the great assistance he has given me in collecting them, assistance without which they would never have seen the light in the shape of a complete volume. When I began writing down these tales, my only means of collecting them was through my native servants, who used to get them from the old women in the bazaars; but the fables they brought me were as full of corruptions and foreign adaptions as the miscellaneous ingredients that find their way into a dish of their own curry and rice, and had it not been for Mr. Sástrî's timely aid, my small work would have gone forth to the world laden with inaccuracies.

Mr. Sástrî not only corrected the errors of my own tales, but allowed me to add to them many that he had himself collected, and that had already been published, either in small volumes or in numbers of The Indian Antiquary. For this reason I have left several notes which Mr. Cowper Temple, Mr. Clowston, and others had added to the tales that had already been printed, as they were too valuable to dispense with, and may be of service to students of folklore. In conclusion, I would crave the indulgence of my readers with regard to the style in which the tales are written, which has been left as nearly as possible in the form of a literal translation, in order to lend the Stories a "couleur locale," which is characteristic of the country they spring from.

G. K.


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I. The Three Deaf Men 1 II. Why Brâhmans cannot eat in the Dark 5 III. The Soothsayer's Son 11 IV. Ranavîrasing 36 V. Charity alone Conquers 65 VI. Mr. Won't Give and Mr. Won't Leave 86 VII. Mr. Mighty of his Mouth 93 VIII. The Mother in Law became an Ass 102 IX. The Story of Appayya 107 X. The Brâhmin Girl that Married a Tiger 119 XI. The Good Husband and the Bad Wife 131 XII. The Good Wife and the Bad Husband 135 XIII. The Lost Camel 140 The Three Calamities 143 The Honest but Rash Hunter 155 The Brâhman's Wife and the Mungoose 162 The Faithless Wife and the Ungrateful Blind Man 165 The Wonderful Mango Fruit 171 The Poisoned Food 179 Eating up the Protector 184 XIV. The Monkey with the Tom Tom 187 XV. Pride goeth before a Fall 190 XVI. Good will grow out of Good 194 XVII. Light makes Prosperity 202 XVIII. Chandralêkhâ and the Eight Robbers 210 XIX. The Conquest of Fate 230 XX... Continue reading book >>

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