By A. K. Ramanujan

ISBN-10: 0520203992

ISBN-13: 9780520203990

This ebook of oral stories from the south Indian area of Kannada represents the end result of a life of learn through A. okay. Ramanujan, essentially the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 a long time' hard work, this long-awaited assortment makes on hand for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a quarter that has now not but been effectively represented in international literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his sleek writing sort, and his profound love and realizing 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 Fifties, while operating as a school lecturer, he all started gathering those stories from all people he could--servants, aunts, schoolteachers, young children, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he all started translating and studying the stories, a venture that absorbed him for the subsequent 3 many years. while Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been entire and he had written notes for roughly 1/2 the tales.With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully bright experience of aspect, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and author.

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There was an angry snake in the hole, and it stung her to death. ” She sent her maids a few times to get him to come and see her, but he didn't respond.  She asked him to come in and, without any warning, proceeded to kiss him and hug him. ” he cried, trying to ward off her advances. ” she said.  The maid went into town and brought the magician (bawa) to her room.  Take these,” he said, and went on his way.  “He'll come now, he'll come now,” she muttered to herself, and looked at the door every other minute.

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.  As she proceeds to make good her threat, the god sets himself right.

The lock was of exquisite design and gleamed from a distance.  Ahead of her were twelve doors, one behind another; they all opened at her touch, and each closed behind her as she went through them.  He looked as if he was fast asleep. Before she could wonder about what was happening to her, how doors opened before her and shut behind her, she was in the presence of the dead man. His family had left provisions for twelve years in the house: vessels, dishes, clothes, grains, spices. The princess saw all these things around her.

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