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

By A. K. Ramanujan

ISBN-10: 0520203992

ISBN-13: 9780520203990

This e-book of oral stories from the south Indian area of Kannada represents the end result of a life of learn by way of A. okay. Ramanujan, probably the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 many years' exertions, this long-awaited assortment makes on hand for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a quarter that has no longer but been effectively represented in global literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his swish writing type, and his profound love and realizing of the topic enhance the stories that he accumulated, 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 begun accumulating those stories from each person he could--servants, aunts, schoolteachers, childrens, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he all started translating and analyzing the stories, a undertaking 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 approximately half the tales.With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully vibrant feel of element, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and author.

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At once the young man ceased to be a man and became a whimpering dog, wagging his tail, licking her feet.  The maid fixed a collar around the dog's neck and tied him up in a corner. ” The brother was worried.  She showed displeasure.  Come in, let's eat,” she urged him.  The brother couldn't but believe her. ” he thought, and felt very hurt and angry.  It was deeply embedded.  Malakanna told him the real story about his sister­in­law with tears in his eyes.  Alakanna brandished the whip in his hand.

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. ” They took them to their palace and celebrated the wedding with great pomp and many processions.

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].

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