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This is an enchanting collection of one hundred and ten tales translated from twenty-two different languages, by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic. Gods disguised as beggars and beasts; animals enacting Machiavellian intrigues; sagacious jesters and magical storytellers; wise counselors and foolish kings--all of these inhabit a fabular world, yet one firmly grounded everyday in life. Augmented by A.K. Ramanujan's definitive introduction and notes, this is an indispensable guide to India's ageless folklore tradition.
"This selection of Indian folktales is unparalleled in its scope of sources...No one but Ramanujan could have invoked so pluralistic a pantheon of muses to weave such a rich and fascinating tapestry of stories."--Wendy Doniger, author of Other People's Myths and Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts
"A truly remarkable collection...from the introduction to the explanatory notes, the entire book outstandingly demonstrates the enduring strength of Indian folklore tradition."--Library Journal