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The Woodcarver and the Painter - Part 2

The Woodcarver and the Painter – Part 2
Posted on: September 6, 2019

Thamba secretly contrived a subterranean passage, from the middle of his field—in which the pile of fagots was to be placed—and his own house. He placed a large stone over the aperture in the field and covered it with earth…

The Woodcarver and the Painter - Part 1

The Woodcarver and the Painter – Part 1
Posted on: August 23, 2019

In a city, many years ago, there lived among noble, righteous people, a painter who was jealous of his neighbour, a wood-carver. Both their names were also almost identical—Thumba, the painter, and Thamba, the wood-carver—and each were on the lookout to avenge the other…

The Boy Violinist who Impressed a Giant!

The Boy Violinist who Impressed a Giant!
Posted on: August 9, 2019

The following story, a South American folktale, originates in the land of Brazil, which accommodates more than half the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, where more animals and insects live than in any other part of the world…

AESOP'S FABLES: The Leopard and the Fox

AESOP’S FABLES: The Leopard and the Fox
Posted on: July 12, 2019

Aren’t words like “story”, “fairy tale”, “folklore”, … and “fable”, our favorite? But what exactly is a “fable”? A fable is…

King Vikram and the Vampire & The Wedding of the Mouse

King Vikram and the Vampire & The Wedding of the Mouse
Posted on: November 16, 2018

King Vikramaditya—often characterized as a virtuous king—was a legendary emperor who ruled ancient India, who was known for his generosity, courage, and patronage of scholars, and subsequently featured in hundreds of traditional Indian legends…

The Dwarf People - An Eskimo Folktale

The Dwarf People – An Eskimo Folktale
Posted on: October 16, 2018

Pik-mik-tal-ik was a large village in the Land of the Eskimo People, and this story is set in a time long before even the white people had discovered the land…

The Four Dragons - An Asian Folktale

The Four Dragons – An Asian Folktale
Posted on: September 28, 2018

During ancient times when there was only the Eastern Sea—then Earth had neither rivers nor lakes—there lived four dragons: Black Dragon, Long Dragon, Pearl Dragon, and Yellow Dragon. They generally lived in the sea, but one day they decided to fly up to the skies…

The Man Who Never Lied - An African Folktale

The Man Who Never Lied – An African Folktale
Posted on: August 29, 2018

It is ideal to be truthful, even under unfavourable circumstances, and face due consequences boldly, rather than lie to escape, or try to alter consequences to one’s advantage. To lie is a bane, and there are two sides to the act of lying…

The Pigeons and the Bird-Catcher

The Pigeons and the Bird-Catcher
Posted on: August 16, 2018

Once upon a time, deep in the jungles of the Western Ghats, there lived two pigeons—a husband and a wife—named Sameer and Pāyal. They were the perfect pair, just as suitably as they were named. Sameer meant “breeze” and Pāyal meant “anklet”—the breeze that carries the melodious jingles of the anklet…

The Farmer and the Money-lender

The Farmer and the Money-lender
Posted on: July 26, 2018

This is the story of a poor farmer who borrows money from a wealthy money-lender—a game-of-the-fates tale in which both protagonist and antagonist take turns getting the better of each other. One of them finally triumphs, with irony lending an unpredictable end to this story…

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