The Elephant-headed God and Other Hindu Tales
The worlds of gods, demons and humans meet and come alive in these twelve stories. The gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, birds, beasts, demons, monsters, sages and warriors that inhabit these classical tales deliver the enduring wisdom of Hindu folklore. The stories are amongst the oldest in the world and belong to children everywhere, regardless of religion or country of birth. Each tale is illustrated with dramatic black-and-white pictures by Margaret Jones. These evocative illustrations capture the wealth and strength of the culture behind the stories and give the tales a magnificent setting worthy of their power and drama.
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Adhiratha apsaras Arjuna army arrow asked baby Bali battle beautiful beggar Bhasmasura Bhima bird blessed Brahma Bridge to Lanka called chariot cousins cried dancing daughter demon-king demons Draupadi Drona Duryodhana dwarf earrings Earth eldest elephant head elephant-headed eyes father fight forest forgive friends gandharvas Ganesh Ghatotkacha giant give gods and goddesses golden armour happy Hastinapura hawk heart hero Himalaya Hindus honour humble husband India Indra Indraloka Kama Kama's Kartikeya Kaurava prince kill king of Anga king of Dwarka kingdom knew Krishna Kurukshetra Lakshman laughed live looked Lord marry mighty monkey mother mountain Nandi noble once palace Pandava brothers Pandava princes Pandu Parasurama Parvati Patal prayer pupil Pururavas queen Raja Shibi Rama Rama's Rani Kunti Ravana sari Shiva Shukracharya Sita smiling sons squirrel Surya's teacher terrible thought Urvashi Varanasi Vishnu voice warrior wife Wisdom worship Yudhishtira