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By A. K. Ramanujan

This ebook of oral stories from the south Indian zone of Kannada represents the end result of a life of examine by means of A. okay. Ramanujan, probably the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 many years' hard work, this long-awaited assortment makes on hand for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a area that has now not but been thoroughly represented in international literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his swish writing type, and his profound love and figuring out of the topic improve the stories that he gathered, translated, and interpreted.With a written literature recorded from approximately 800 A.D., Kannada is wealthy in mythology, devotional and secular poetry, and extra lately novels and performs. Ramanujan, born in Mysore in 1929, had an intimate wisdom of the language. within the Nineteen Fifties, whilst operating as a faculty lecturer, he all started amassing those stories from everybody he could--servants, aunts, schoolteachers, young ones, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he started translating and studying the stories, a venture that absorbed him for the subsequent 3 many years. whilst Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been entire and he had written notes for roughly half the tales.With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully shiny experience of element, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a student and author.

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I fell at His feet and begged Him, ‘Don't do this to my mother­in­law. ” The mother­in­law embraced her daughter­in­law with fear and trembling in her heart.  You've saved me from the jaws of death's messengers. ” she said, touching the daughter­in­law's chin tenderly.  Her mother­in­law and her husband followed her wishes and everyone was happy.  In some tales, the daughter­in­law tricks the mother­in­law into taking her place in the sack that will be thrown into the river (Motif K 842) or, as in this tale, comes back from the forest with the robbers' loot (AT 1653) and terrifies the mother­in­law into submission.

She looked all around the house, tried the doors, and at last climbed onto the roof.  Just then, she saw a young woman looking through a window. ” “Yes,” said the acrobat girl.  Two more years rolled by.  The time for his life to stir again was near.  So she put down the cup and went back to bathe and offer worship.  They became husband and wife while the princess sat inside, long absorbed in prayer, the woman who had served him for twelve long years.  She began to work as their servant while the prince and the acrobat woman sat back and enjoyed themselves.

And she ended the story.  When the story came to an end, he took a switch and lashed at the acrobat girl sleeping next to him, and drove her out of the house. ” he screamed. Then he went in and consoled the princess who had served him lovingly for twelve years; and they talked happily to each other all night.  They found the doors unlocked, and found in the heart of the house the couple, prince and princess, whispering loving words to each other. Gratefully, the father­in­law and mother­in­law fell at the feet of their young daughter­in­law and said, “By your good work in many past lives, and your prayers in this one, our son came back to life.

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