Indian Fairy Tales

Joseph Jacobs John D. Batten

Indian Fairy Tales

Indian Fairy Tales

  • Title: Indian Fairy Tales
  • Author: Joseph Jacobs John D. Batten
  • ISBN: 9781907256233
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback

Soils and national characters differ, but fairy tales are often the same in plot and incidents, if not in style Most of the 27 tales in this volume of Indian fairy tales are known in the West in some form or other how can we account for their simultaneous existence in both Europe and Asia Some have declared that India is the home of the fairy tale, and that all EuropeanSoils and national characters differ, but fairy tales are often the same in plot and incidents, if not in style Most of the 27 tales in this volume of Indian fairy tales are known in the West in some form or other how can we account for their simultaneous existence in both Europe and Asia Some have declared that India is the home of the fairy tale, and that all European fairy tales have been brought from thence by crusaders, Mongol missionaries, Gipsies, Jews, traders, and travellers After all, India is on one branch of the fabled Silk and Spice Routes, over which Europeans and Asians have been travelling for several millennia We should be prepared, within certain limits, to hold a brief for India The common fairy stories of the children of Europe, which form a greater part of their stories as a whole, are derived from Indian tales In particular, the majority of the Drolls, or comic tales and jingles, can be traced without much difficulty back to the Indian peninsula To assemble this volume, Jacobs has selected the best from the Jatakas, the Bidpai, the Tales of the Sun, the Baluchi folk tales, and the folk tales of Kashmir In this volume we find stories about Punchkin, the evil magician, and the quaint myth How Sun, Moon, and Wind went out to Dinner, the magic fiddle, the broken pot, the tiger, the Brahman, the Jackal, and In short, Jacobs has made this book a representative collection of all the fairy tales of India It is only a further proof that fairy tales are something than Celtic or Hindoo they are human So curl up with a sliver of the Indian sub continent and lose yourself in a culture and lifestyle of the ancient, Eastern past Part of a Social Enterprise Program 33% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to organisations and charities that specialise in education scholarships for the underprivileged.

Recent Comments "Indian Fairy Tales"

That was a nice read, there were some tales I could get out with a moral, some I didn't really get their meaning and some were pretty funny.

I really liked these fairy tales! Although there were some strange terms (and also I believe some strange translations; Jogi I assume is Yogi for example), at the heart many of these stories are very similar to European fairy tales. Evil queens using magic or trickery to get rid of innocent children (unsuccessfully), talking animals who return good deeds, princes going on quests; what I think of as the standard fairy tale but in an Indian setting so jungles and tigers instead of forests and bear [...]

I read this at the same time as Folk Tales Of Bengal -- some comparisons included.A number of these will be recognizable to readers familar with European fairy tales as tale types, but little more than that. The differences are plentiful, of which the easiest to note is that the kings habitually have more than one wife, which sometimes goes well and sometimes badly. Indeed, this one has none of the tale types best known in our culture.Some of the stuff has been translated idiomatically, more tha [...]

These tales collected from Asia in the early 20th century are quite different from the Grimm's and Aesops tales I grew up with (though in an appendix in the rear of the book the author claims most European Fairy Tales originated in India). These tales are rich with talking animals and insects that interact with humans, which the author explains (again in the Appendix, so you may want to read that first) fits easily with Hindu and Buddhist ideas of reincarnation. In fact, in many of these tales, [...]

.حكايات شعبية من أهل السند وبلاد البهارات والعاج، في مقدمة المؤلف يتحدث عن تشابه القصص الشعبية بين اوروبا وبلاد السند ، وفسر الأمر أن أصل أغلب الحكايات كانت من الهند، الفلكلور الهندي مُمتع لأنه قريب جدا من حكايات ألف ليلة وليلة ، وكليلة والدمنة الفارسية، إلاأن الإختلاف في ا [...]

I enjoy reading these collections of fairy tales from other cultures. I think it helps to give some ground work for understanding other people when you can find the commonality in the stories we tell our children.

Not an easy read, but enlightening.

If you want to approach the Indian culture just read their tales

Early Indian folktales, some of the earliest in the world, collected more than 2000 years before the Grimm brothers began their many times over translated tales. Which brings me to the problem with this book: translation. Reading it is a grind to someone who isn’t up on the Indian languages. You can no doubt push your way through and understand the story, but many of the tales lose their meaning or moral in the end. A couple of the shorter tales I read twice to make sure it wasn’t just ME be [...]

مجموعة من الحكايات الهندية مثلها مثل باقي حكايات هذه السلسلة ، لم يؤلفها كُتاب عظام ، ولكنها حكايات من التراث الشعبي ، تناقلتها الأجيال وروتها الجدات حتى انتقلت إلى صفحات الكتب وفي تراثنا المصري والعربي الكثير منها ، والتي يحكيها الرجل البسيط الذي يجهل فنون الأدب واللغة.في [...]

كتاب أفضل ما نقول فيه أنه خرافات تاريخية هنديةوفيه بعض الحكايا التي يمكن قصها على الأطفال.

Entre 2000 e 2002, a Editora Landy comercializou uma coleção de contos tradicionais e de fadas de várias culturas mundiais. Dessa coleção, possuo 11 volumes, hoje, infelizmente, só encontrados em sebos. São livros com contos populares da China, Rússia, Portugal e Índia, histórias e mitos da tradição budista, celta, hindu e mesmo latino-americana. A presente obra, Contos de Fadas Indianos, contempla 29 histórias selecionadas por Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916), folclorista de origem austra [...]

This book was a times a bit of a grind. Some of the stories were very entertaining and dynamic while others felt disjointed. I would recommend this as a book that you occasionally pick up and read one or two stories at a time. There are a couple stories that I know I'll be revisiting. There is a good mix of fables with animals and human characters. Great for adults that love fairytales and for younger accelerated readers as well. I will say that having the automatic dictionary and with the Kind [...]

Almost 80% of the book's content was Indian fairy tales. It was easy to draw the connection between the stories and their roots in Buddhist literature, and they provided entertaining insight into early Indian folklore and culture. However, the proposition that Indian folklore is the root of all other cultures folklore was too great a stretch to accept. Citing common themes and claiming to have said it first doesn't translate to being the root source of a myth. The human experience is rife with c [...]

An amusing collection of fairy tales from India compiled by Joseph Jacobs, a folklorist of the early last century. Many of the tales have similar moral lessons found in the tales of various other cultures especially Europe. Though this is the case with most of the tales there were a couple that simply left me scratching my head and wondering what the original story teller was trying to convey to their listeners. Perhaps just lost in cultural translation but most left no doubts and were even laug [...]

Its not often you come across Fairy Tales actually categorised by the country in which they originate, but here you have an Indian volume of such.Originally published in the 19th C. Abela Publishing is currently republishing these and donating a good proportion of their profits to charity.228 pages and 28 stories in all. Some are familiar but set in India and others totally new - or at least they seem so, if only because the book was originally published in 1912 and the "new" stories have been f [...]

The introduction by Jacobs is fairly interesting, as he speculates on the similarity between the tales in this collection and those of other European-focused collections. He proposes that India is the origin of many of these tales, and, while I can't attest to the actual provenance, I was glad he didn't just throw out the idea that they were transplanted from Europe.Overall, it's anokay collection. It really does sound mostly like the most popular of fairy tales--such as Cinderella--were plopped [...]

Its a quick lighthearted read. I'm curious on what is lost in translation without cultural context-- what were we suppose to take away when characters killed, stole and cheated without further elaboration on morality or connection to later parts of the stories. It was interesting to find out from the intro that many euro fairy tales had their roots in Indian story telling and mythos. The classic book plate art and first letter art was beautiful. Finally, some of my favorite stories included The [...]

A good collection of Indian fairy tales ranging from beast tales through drolls to the more serious type. Some of the tales are oversimplistic in their delivery; hence the four star rating. But fortunately, this shortcoming is compensated by the thrill of adventure and moral import of the other stories. A very pleasant reading experience altogether. It is interesting to note that a lot of European fairy tales, such as those of Grimm, Aesop, Jean de la Fontaine, etc can be traced directly to Indi [...]

A fun read--it's been a while since I've read fairy tales. The editor's commentary on the cross-pollination between Indian and Western fairy tales was interesting as well--there are definitely some similar themes, which was fascinating to see. I'd noticed it before, but this time around I was especially interested in how many stories are "framed" as tales of the past lives of Buddha--a fascinating way to frame such stories, arguing that really they're all the same characters, over and over.

Looses its grip at the end of each storyThis book is best rated at a 2 for an adult and 2.5 for a child. Unfortunately, many stories start the same way making it repetitive and majority have highly abrupt ending. Many stories have similar plot and almost all are in mixed tenses making it difficult to understand.

Don't really know if this is the exact version I read, but I enjoyed the historical notes given to explain the origins and how these stories were taken all over the world and reproduced in various cultures.

A bunch of short folk lore from the Jataka tales and the Panchatantra.What is interesting is that at the end of the book the author has traced how the various stories popular in the western world have their roots in the Indian folklore.A decent read.

This collection has some good stories and some that are questionable. As a reader one much understand and adjust their perception based on the time frames the stories were written and the culture, but there will always be some that just do not translate well.

مجموعة من القصص القصيرة او الحواديت ان صح التعبير طريفة جداً ومسلية بنكهة اساطير بلاد الهند



I really liked reading the Indian versions of the same type fairy tales I grew up with in the States.

بعض القصص أعرفها، وبعضها الآخر مألوف جدًا الحكايات الغريبة بالنسبة لي هي التي تضمنت بوذا. ممتعة، كمية الخيال والمثالية فيها تدعو للابتسام.

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