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Simla Village Tales: Folktales From The Himalayas
Simla Village Tales: Folktales From The Himalayas
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One cannot sojourn for long in the East without hearing strange stories, all of which are vouched for by the natives. Most would make one's blood run cold, but they are irresistibly fascinating. Filled with pathos but almost always showing that every cloud has its silver lining, these tales carry the reader into the mythical past that was India. The majority of these tales have the raw transparency of folk art, whilst others are fashioned with uncommon sophistication.

Many of the stories have been passed down by word of mouth. Long before the radio and television ever existed, people spent hours around fires telling stories for entertainment.

First published in 1906, Simla Village Tales captivates and preserves some of the old folk tales of a long gone era. This new version of these same stories will show that little of their underlying meaning and significance has changed.

Preface

In introducing "Simla Village Tales" to my readers, I wish to acknowledge gratefully the valuable assistance given me by my sister Mabel Baldwin. When I was obliged to leave India suddenly owing to a nervous breakdown after the terrible earthquake which visited the Punjab in April 1905, she kindly undertook to complete, from the same sources, my collection of folktales. Twenty excellent stories contributed by her include "Tabaristan," "The Barber and the Thief," "The Fourth Wife is the Wisest," and "Abul Hussain."

Of the down-country tales, my husband kindly contributed "Anar Pari," "The Dog Temple," "The Beautiful Milkmaid," and "The Enchanted Bird, Music and Stream." Both my sister and my husband can speak the language fluently and as the former has resided many years in the Punjab, I am confident that her translations are as literal as my own. All the tales were taken down in pencil, just as they were told, and as nearly as possible in the words of the narrators, who were village women belonging to the agricultural class to Hindu in the Simla district.

I must add a word of thanks, to Mr. Hallam Murray for his invaluable assistance with the illustrations.
In one or two instances I was asked if I would allow a Paharee man, well versed in local folklore to relate a few stories to me. For obvious reasons, I was obliged to decline the offer, for many Simla Village tales related to me by women and not included in this book, were grotesquely unfit for publication

The typical Paharee women is, as a rule, extremely good-looking and a born flirt; she has a pleasant, gay manner and can always see a joke; people who wish to chaff her discover an adept at repartee.

The "Simla Village Woman," whose photograph is reproduced, is a very good type. I found her most gentle and lovable. Her little boy, and last surviving child, has died since the photograph was taken last year, yet the young mother bears her grief with a fortitude, which is really remarkable.

Himalayan folklore with its beauty, wit and mysticism is a most fascinating study and makes one grieve to think that the day is fast approaching when the honest rugged hill-folk of Northern India will lose their fireside tales under the influence of modern civilization.

The hurry and rush of official life in India's Summer Capital leaves no time for the song of birds or scent of flowers; these, like the ancient and exquisite fireside tales of its people, have been hustled away into distant valleys and remote villages, where, on cold winter nights, Paharees, young and old, gather together to hear these oft-repeated tales.

From their cradle under the shade of ancient deodars, beside the rocks, forest and streams of the mighty Himalayan mountains, have I sought these tales to place them upon the great Bookshelf of the World.

CONTENTS

Page No.
INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW EDITION xi
PREFACE xiii
THE CAUSE OF A LAWSUIT BETWEEN THE OWL AND THE KITE 1
A MONKEY OBJECTS TO CRITICISM 2
THE DEAD MAN'S RING 3
THE ORIGIN OF DEATH 4
THE REAL MOTHER 5
THE PRINCESS SOORTHE 9
THE SNAKE BRIDE 11
THE POWER OF FATE 15
THE OLD WITCH WHO LIVED IN A FOREST 22
KULLO, A FAITHFUL DOG 26
THE STORY OF GHOSE 28
THE VIZIER'S SON AND THE RAJAH'S SON 32
THE RAJAH'S SON AND THE VIZIER'S SON 34
BEY HUSLO 36
THE STORY OF PANCH MAR KHAN 38
THE RABBIT AND THE BARBER 40
RUPA AND BISUNTHA 42
SHEIK CHILLI 46
SHEIK CHILLI'S MARRIAGE 48
THE MONKEY, THE TIGER AND THE PRINCESS 51
THE JACKAL AND GUANA 54
THE STORY OF THE BLACK COW 56
THE BRAHMIN AND THE WILD GEESE 59
THE FOUR-GIFTED PRINCESS 62
THE MAN WHO WENT TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE 64
THREE WISE MEN AND THE KING'S DAUGHTER 68
BARBIL'S SON 70
THE TIGER AND THE RATS 72
THE ADVENTURES OF A BIRD 74
THE LEGEND OF NALDERA TEMPLE 75
THE BUNNIAH'S WIFE AND THE THIEF 77
WHO STOLE THE RUBY? 78
THE STORY OF VICKRAMADITYA 80
THE WEAVER 83
THE DOG WHO WAS A RAJAH 87
THE FOURTH WIFE IS THE WISEST 89
THE STORY OF PIR SAB 92
THE ORIGIN OF A RIVER95
THE GOLDEN SCORPIONS97
THE STORY OF A PEARL98
THE BUNNIAH'S GHOST 99
BIKCKERMANJI THE INQUISITIVE 102
THE BRAHMIN'S DAUGHTER106
ABUL HUSSAIN108
THE MAGICIAN AND THE MERCHANT 112
THE SNAKE AND THE FROG115
THE BARBER AND THE THIEF117
THE STORY OF PURAN 118
TABARISTAN122
THE PAINTED JACKAL 124
THE ENCHANTED BIRD, MUSIC AND STREAM 125
THE DOG TEMPLE 132
THE BEAUTIFUL MILKMAID134
A REMEDY FOR SNAKE-BITE136
A LEGEND OF SARDANA137
THE STORY OF BUNJARA TULLAO 139
THE ANAR PARI, OR POMEGRANATE FAIRY 141

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One cannot sojourn for long in the East without hearing strange stories, all of which are vouched for by the natives. Most would make one's blood run cold, but they are irresistibly fascinating. Filled with pathos but almost always showing that every cloud has its silver lining, these tales carry the reader into the mythical past that was India. The majority of these tales have the raw transparency of folk art, whilst others are fashioned with uncommon sophistication.

Many of the stories have been passed down by word of mouth. Long before the radio and television ever existed, people spent hours around fires telling stories for entertainment.

First published in 1906, Simla Village Tales captivates and preserves some of the old folk tales of a long gone era. This new version of these same stories will show that little of their underlying meaning and significance has changed.

Preface

In introducing "Simla Village Tales" to my readers, I wish to acknowledge gratefully the valuable assistance given me by my sister Mabel Baldwin. When I was obliged to leave India suddenly owing to a nervous breakdown after the terrible earthquake which visited the Punjab in April 1905, she kindly undertook to complete, from the same sources, my collection of folktales. Twenty excellent stories contributed by her include "Tabaristan," "The Barber and the Thief," "The Fourth Wife is the Wisest," and "Abul Hussain."

Of the down-country tales, my husband kindly contributed "Anar Pari," "The Dog Temple," "The Beautiful Milkmaid," and "The Enchanted Bird, Music and Stream." Both my sister and my husband can speak the language fluently and as the former has resided many years in the Punjab, I am confident that her translations are as literal as my own. All the tales were taken down in pencil, just as they were told, and as nearly as possible in the words of the narrators, who were village women belonging to the agricultural class to Hindu in the Simla district.

I must add a word of thanks, to Mr. Hallam Murray for his invaluable assistance with the illustrations.
In one or two instances I was asked if I would allow a Paharee man, well versed in local folklore to relate a few stories to me. For obvious reasons, I was obliged to decline the offer, for many Simla Village tales related to me by women and not included in this book, were grotesquely unfit for publication

The typical Paharee women is, as a rule, extremely good-looking and a born flirt; she has a pleasant, gay manner and can always see a joke; people who wish to chaff her discover an adept at repartee.

The "Simla Village Woman," whose photograph is reproduced, is a very good type. I found her most gentle and lovable. Her little boy, and last surviving child, has died since the photograph was taken last year, yet the young mother bears her grief with a fortitude, which is really remarkable.

Himalayan folklore with its beauty, wit and mysticism is a most fascinating study and makes one grieve to think that the day is fast approaching when the honest rugged hill-folk of Northern India will lose their fireside tales under the influence of modern civilization.

The hurry and rush of official life in India's Summer Capital leaves no time for the song of birds or scent of flowers; these, like the ancient and exquisite fireside tales of its people, have been hustled away into distant valleys and remote villages, where, on cold winter nights, Paharees, young and old, gather together to hear these oft-repeated tales.

From their cradle under the shade of ancient deodars, beside the rocks, forest and streams of the mighty Himalayan mountains, have I sought these tales to place them upon the great Bookshelf of the World.

CONTENTS

Page No.
INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW EDITION xi
PREFACE xiii
THE CAUSE OF A LAWSUIT BETWEEN THE OWL AND THE KITE 1
A MONKEY OBJECTS TO CRITICISM 2
THE DEAD MAN'S RING 3
THE ORIGIN OF DEATH 4
THE REAL MOTHER 5
THE PRINCESS SOORTHE 9
THE SNAKE BRIDE 11
THE POWER OF FATE 15
THE OLD WITCH WHO LIVED IN A FOREST 22
KULLO, A FAITHFUL DOG 26
THE STORY OF GHOSE 28
THE VIZIER'S SON AND THE RAJAH'S SON 32
THE RAJAH'S SON AND THE VIZIER'S SON 34
BEY HUSLO 36
THE STORY OF PANCH MAR KHAN 38
THE RABBIT AND THE BARBER 40
RUPA AND BISUNTHA 42
SHEIK CHILLI 46
SHEIK CHILLI'S MARRIAGE 48
THE MONKEY, THE TIGER AND THE PRINCESS 51
THE JACKAL AND GUANA 54
THE STORY OF THE BLACK COW 56
THE BRAHMIN AND THE WILD GEESE 59
THE FOUR-GIFTED PRINCESS 62
THE MAN WHO WENT TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE 64
THREE WISE MEN AND THE KING'S DAUGHTER 68
BARBIL'S SON 70
THE TIGER AND THE RATS 72
THE ADVENTURES OF A BIRD 74
THE LEGEND OF NALDERA TEMPLE 75
THE BUNNIAH'S WIFE AND THE THIEF 77
WHO STOLE THE RUBY? 78
THE STORY OF VICKRAMADITYA 80
THE WEAVER 83
THE DOG WHO WAS A RAJAH 87
THE FOURTH WIFE IS THE WISEST 89
THE STORY OF PIR SAB 92
THE ORIGIN OF A RIVER95
THE GOLDEN SCORPIONS97
THE STORY OF A PEARL98
THE BUNNIAH'S GHOST 99
BIKCKERMANJI THE INQUISITIVE 102
THE BRAHMIN'S DAUGHTER106
ABUL HUSSAIN108
THE MAGICIAN AND THE MERCHANT 112
THE SNAKE AND THE FROG115
THE BARBER AND THE THIEF117
THE STORY OF PURAN 118
TABARISTAN122
THE PAINTED JACKAL 124
THE ENCHANTED BIRD, MUSIC AND STREAM 125
THE DOG TEMPLE 132
THE BEAUTIFUL MILKMAID134
A REMEDY FOR SNAKE-BITE136
A LEGEND OF SARDANA137
THE STORY OF BUNJARA TULLAO 139
THE ANAR PARI, OR POMEGRANATE FAIRY 141
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