Pańcatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom

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Patrick Olivelle
OUP Oxford, Nov 25, 1999 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The Pancatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. No other Indian work has had a greater influence on world literature, and no other collection of stories has become as popular in India itself. A significant influence on the Arabian Nights and the Fables of La Fontaine, the Pancatantra teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal stories. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, enterprise, and drive counters any preconception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society. Patrick Olivelle presents the Pancatantra in all its complexity and rich ambivalence, examining central elements of political and moral philosophy alongside the many controversial issues surrounding its history, including its numerous versions and translations, and the reconstruction of the original text by Franklin Edgerton. This new translation vividly reveals the story-telling powers of the original author, while detailed notes illuminate aspects of ancient Indian society and religion to the non-specialist reader. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Characters of the Paricatantra
The Political and Moral Philosophy of the Paricatantra
Note on the Translation
BOOK I ON CAUSING DISSENSION AMONG ALLIESS
The Jackal That Tried to Eat a Drum
Jackal
How the Louse Got Killed Trying to be Nice to a
ON SECURING ALLIES
The Ascetic and the Mouse
How Citranga Got Caught in a Trap
The Owl is Elected King of Birds
How the Rogues Tricked the Brahmin
The Mouse That Turned into a Girl
ON LOSING WHAT YOU HAVE GAINED
BOOK V2 ON HASTY ACTIONS

How the Lions Servants Got the Camel Killed
The Bird That Tried to Advise a Monkey
Glossary of Names
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About the author (1999)

Patrick Olivelle is Director of the Center for Asian Studies and Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Texas, Austin. He translated and edited Upanishads is World's Classics.

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