Indian Fairy Tales is written by folklorist Joseph Jacobs and was first published in 1892. This e-book features twenty-nine stories taken from popular South Asian oral history. The stories are complemented by the original fifty-three full color and black-and-white illustrations, which follow the storyline.
Some scholars have stated that India is the original home of the fairy tale and that all European fairy tales have been carried across by crusaders, Gipsies, Mongol missionaries, traders, Jews, and travelers. India is on one branch of the legendary Silk and Spice Routes, over which Europeans and Asians have been traveling for thousands of years. Many common fairy stories of Europe are derived from Indian tales. Comic tales and jingles can be traced without much difficulty back to India. Jacobs has selected the best from the Baluchi folk-tales, the Jatakas, the Bidpai, the Tales of the Sun, and the folk-tales of Kashmir.
The Lion and the Crane
How the Raja's Son won the Princess Labam
The Broken Pot
The Magic Fiddle
The Cruel Crane Outwitted
The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal
The Soothsayers Son
The Charmed Ring
The Talkative Tortoise
A Lac of Rupees for a Piece of Advice
The Gold-Giving Serpent
The Son of Seven Queens
A Lesson for Kings
Pride Goes Before a Fall
The Ass in the Lion's Skin
The Farmer and the Money-Lender
The Boy who had a Moon on his Forehead and a Star on his Chin
The Prince and the Fakir
Why the Fish Laughed
The Demon with the Matted Hair
The Ivory City and its Fairy Princess
Sun, Moon, and Wind go out to Dinner
How the Wicked Sons were Duped
The Pigeon and the Crow
This book is unabridged and appears as it was first intended with fifty-three original hand-drawn illustrations.
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