Vikram and the Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Fiction - 245 pages
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You may think that the vampire story is a genre that has its roots in nineteenth-century Europe, but in truth, virtually every culture has its own version of undead creatures who feed upon the living. This fascinating collection presents several vampire stories from the South Asian subcontinent that blend supernatural elements with Hindu mysticism and mythology.
 

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Contents

Preface
6
Preface to the First 1870 Edition
8
Dedication
18
Introduction
19
The Vampires First Story In Which a Man Deceives a Woman
66
The Vampires Second Story Of the Relative Villany of Men and Women
108
The Vampires Third Story Of a HighMinded Family
150
The Vampires Fourth Story Of a Woman Who Told the Truth
166
The Vampires Sixth Story In Which Three Men Dispute About a Woman
197
The Vampires Seventh Story Showing the Exceeding Folly of Many Wise Fools
214
The Vampires Eighth Story Of the Use and Misuse of Magic Pills
239
The Vampires Ninth Story Showing that a Mans Wife Belongs Not to His Body but to His Head
267
The Vampires Tenth Story Of the Marvellous Delicacy of Three Queens
284
The Vampires Eleventh Story Which Puzzles Raja Vikram
288
Conclusion
304
Endnotes
315

The Vampires Fifth Story Of the Thief Who Laughed and Wept
177

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Richard Francis Burton 1821-1890 Sir Richard Burton, the explorer, adventurer, translator, and student of Eastern sexual customs, was born in Torquay, England. He received an irregular education, which included an expulsion from Oxford University. In 1842 Burton enlisted in army of the East India Company and went to India, where he learned the Persian, Hindustani, Afghan, and Arabic languages. Burton was the first European to reach Harar, the religious capital of Somaliland. He was the discoverer of Lake Tanganyika and explored in the Congo, the Cameroons, Dahomey, and Brazil. He was a pioneer ethnologist and anthropologist. Burton was a linguist of dazzling ability, speaking 29 languages and 11 dialects. He wrote 43 books on his travels and two volumes of poetry. In addition to translating The Arabian Nights, he translated six volumes of Portuguese literature, two volumes of Latin poetry, and four volumes of Neapolitan, African, and Hindu folklore. Burton, together with Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot, created The Kama Shastra Society to print and circulate books that would be illegal to publish in public. This society fulfilled his ability to write about his deep interest in sexuality. Best known in this vein is his translation of The Kama Sutra, printed by the society in 1883. He was working on an English translation from the French edition of the arabic erotic guide called The Perfumed Garden. His manuscript entitled The Scented Garden was burned after his death by his wife, Isabel Arundel. It is rumored that Burton wanted this book to be published after his death to provide an income for Isabel, but she destroyed it in an effort to preserve his reputation. Burton died of a heart attack on October 20, 1890. Both Burton and his wife are buried in a tomb that is shaped like a Bedouin tent, designed by Isabel. The tomb is in St. Mary Magdalen's Roman Catholic Church Mortlake, southwestern London.

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