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A Flowering Tree and Other Oral Tales from India by A. K. Ramanujan

By A. K. Ramanujan

This ebook of oral stories from the south Indian area of Kannada represents the fruits of a life of learn by way of A. ok. Ramanujan, the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 a long time' hard work, this long-awaited assortment makes to be had for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a sector that has no longer but been thoroughly represented in global literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his sleek writing kind, and his profound love and realizing of the topic improve the stories that he accrued, 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 Fifties, while operating as a faculty lecturer, he started gathering those stories from every body he could—servants, aunts, schoolteachers, childrens, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he begun translating and analyzing the stories, a venture that absorbed him for the following 3 a long time. while Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been entire and he had written notes for approximately 1/2 the tales.

With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully bright experience of element, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and writer.

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She knew her secret would be out.  She was astonished, and so was everyone else, when she found there not a dog's rotting body but a bar of pure gold.  I want to meet them, and right away,” he said.  But then why did you put your hand in it? ” asked the snake. ” After a few days, they took leave of the mother and the uncle, who loaded them with gold and gifts.  But Little Honni was secretly happy that she would never have to go through the ordeal of taking her husband to her “mother's house” again.

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.  As she proceeds to make good her threat, the god sets himself right.  44 in this volume].

After a few days, they took leave of the mother and the uncle, who loaded them with gold and gifts.  But Little Honni was secretly happy that she would never have to go through the ordeal of taking her husband to her “mother's house” again.  Little Honni told her everything, beginning with the death of the dog, the bar of gold, her husband insisting on seeing her mother's house, the snake in the forest, the palace he created for her, everything down to the last detail.  She found a street dog, got it killed, and put the carcass in a box.

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