Folktales from India: A Selection of Oral Tales from Twenty-two Languages

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A. K. Ramanujan
Pantheon Books, 1991 - Fiction - 345 pages
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Folktales from India is an enchanting collection of one hundred and ten tales translated from twenty-two different languages, by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic. Gods disguised as beggars and beasts; animals enacting Machiavellian intrigues: sagacious jesters and magical storytellers; wise counselors and foolish kings -- all of these inhabit a fabular world, yet one firmly grounded in everyday life. Augmented by A. K. Ramanujan's definitive introduction and notes, this is an indispensable guide to India's ageless folklore tradition.

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Review: Folktales from India (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

User Review  - Mary Catelli - Goodreads

Titled with care, since there is a lot of regional differences. The Muslim vs. Hindu are the most pronounced and easy to see. All of them, of course, have the possibility of polygamous unions. Very ... Read full review

Review: Folktales from India (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

This is a great collection of folktales from a rich diversity of languages in India. It's also an interesting cultural artifact of oral traditions from many Indian cultures. Read full review



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Attipat Krishnaswami Ramanujan (1959-1993) was a trans-disciplinary scholar, poet, translator, linguist, and folklorist. His works included Hymns for the Drowning, A Flowering Tree and Other Oral Tales from India, and Folktales from India.

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