Folktale
Tees Mar Khan
  Once there lived a weaver in a small village in one of the big kingdoms in North India. One day he brought home some jaggery to eat while he lay dreaming up the big things in life. As he lay on his cot, eating and dreaming, dreaming and eating,
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  Once upon a time there lived a prosperous king who ruled from the Himalayas to Ceylon and from the Rann of Kutch to the Irrawaddy River. The king and his minsters were just and prosperity was visible in the kingdom and people’s lives. The King’s uncle Pratapsingh, was one
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Among the many folk versions that the epic tale of Ramayana has spawned is a remarkable woman-centric ballad by a 16th century Bengali poet called Chandravati. One of the stories embedded in the larger narrative of the ballad is around how Sita finds her way to Janaka’s palace. This story
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A pregnant woman was down in the field one day looking for some fresh vegetables. She spotted a large gourd that seemed like a good lunch for her and her husband and still to be born child and was about to pick it up when a tiger roared beside her.
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The Gondhalis, a community in Maharashtra that are designated dancers for weddings and other big rituals that are a part of the practice of Hinduism, worship Renuka and Tulja Bhavani According to The Tribes And Castes Of The Central Provinces Of India By R. V. Russell Of The Indian Civil
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For long have ancient cultures had the tradition of deifying ancestors, worshipping them as heroes or as incarnations of a god or both. Across India, one finds a similar practice where a local hero often becomes a god or is seen as a form of Shiva or Vishnu. According to
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Once upon a time there lived a childless banker and his wife. The banker’s wife decided to go on a pilgrimage seeking a boon from Lord Shiva for a child. Much against the wishes of her husband she left for the forest and arrived at Madura Tinivelly to find two
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A nomadic tribe from western Maharashtra, known as the Nandiwalas (Nandiwales)*, follow an interesting annual and sometimes even bi-annual ritual. They undertake a journey in honour of their deity Ram Mama who is invoked as a protective god. The Nandiwales speak Telegu and Marathi and worship a number of gods
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Muladeva was a renowned trickster from Ujjain. Such was his prowess that people from far flung towns knew his name, he was invincible and he went from kingdom to kingdom tricking the people of the region. But he too met his match. On one of his trips he went to
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The epics have been a major influence across communities and tribes in India. In the folk oral epics of Central India, especially in Chattisgarh and Western Odisha we find many influences. Bansgeet (song of the bamboo) is one such folk-epic, which is common among the Gaur (milkmen) caste of Kalahandi,
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