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Folklore of the Telugus
Folklore of the Telugus
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There are limits to a historian’s survey of the world. in times when there are no records, folklore take s the place of history, throwing light on the manners customs, religions and social conditions of a people.

The book is a collection of Telugu folklore thirty two delightful tales that are instructive as they are amusing.

Introduction

It is within every person’s experience to enjoy with all attention the tales told by his grand old dames to climb their knees, to share the envies kiss. There is hardly anybody, I think who does not look back with fond attachment to those home associations, with those innocent sweet simple pleasures whence first we started into life’s long race. We feel them, while the wings of fancy still are free, even in age and at our latest day. while the unthinking mind is satisfied with these grandmothers’ tales as such the thinking mind goes a step further and endeavours to gather knowledge from these tales of childhood. There are a good many to whom familiarity breeds contempt, and who in blissful ignorance, scoff at folklore. But the ethnologist cannot fail to regard it as a sine qua non of the study of the racial development. There are many in whom grandeur hears with a disdainful smile these short and simple annals of the poor. But it ought not to be forgotten that these cottages of the poor turn out in be the very nurseries of the wisdom and knowledge which the world has accumulated.

Bare facts of history are not sufficient for the serious ethnologist. There are limits to the historian’s survey of the world. “Thus far shalt thou go and no further” can be applied to history as to other departments of knowledge as well. When, therefore history tries to disdain the limits of its little reign, it calls in the assistance of folklore archeology, phrenology etc., etc. Though folklore appears to be a very much neglected branch of science, it takes the place of history during the times when there are no records, by throwing a world of light on the manners, customs and religious and social condition of the people whose folklore it is. We all know that every good is not without alloy, and that this visible Nature and this common world is so created that the two things evil and world is created that the two things- evil and good-co-exist. We cannot get any knowledge in a concentrated form. If this be something like a universal law of our present condition, if knowledge for example cannot be obtained except by hard and often painful application, if health can be secured only by those who are content to pay the price of steady exercise and strict temperance for it, we need not be surprised if the folklore study is by no means a purely easy affair, one that can be learnt at first sight. Indian folklore presents very often a thick network of the natural and the supernatural which exerts a peculiar talismanic influence on the listener. This blending of the natural and the supernatural has taken possession of the Telugu mind to a very great extent so much so that the ordinary Telugu person fully believes that there can be no gloomier form of infidelity than that which questions the moral attributes of the Great Being in whose hands lie the final destinies of us all. His ideas of God’s dealings with man are is peculiar to himself that none but those intimately acquainted with him can rightly understand them.

Contents

Introduction
1An Unseasonable Advice1
2The King and the Wrestler3
3The old women the cock and the chafing dish5
4The Dear friend7
5The Sagacious Minister9
6The Lion and the jackal11
7Dream Consciousness13
8The Inevitability of the Law of Karma15
9The Washerman minister17
10The Brahmin and his two sons19
11Durbuddhi and Subuddhi21
12Concentration23
13Enquire before you Entrust 25
14The Washerman of Benares27
15To Escape Scot Free29
16Truth will come to light31
17The Brahman and his Two Wives33
18Vanity of Human wishes35
19The Mussalman and the Robber 36
20The Swan and the crow37
21Castle-building39
22The path to fame40
23Injustice as the result of ignorance 41
24Child is the father of man43
25The Boy and the Thief44
26Ingratitude 45
27Keep to your promise46
28Pre-ordinance47
29Duped by the Majority 48
30Cheats will surely be cheated 50
31The tiger and its council 52
32A wise counsel54
33The Talisman 56
34The Crane and the fish58
35The Hare and the Elephants 60
36An honest servant62
37The Three fish65
38The Crane and the swan67
39King Sibi69
40The king and the Giant71
41The gaining of friends 86
42The cat and mouse 101

Folklore of the Telugus

Item Code:
IDC370
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Edition:
2003
Publisher:
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN:
8129101742
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7.0” X 4.7”
Pages:
112
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There are limits to a historian’s survey of the world. in times when there are no records, folklore take s the place of history, throwing light on the manners customs, religions and social conditions of a people.

The book is a collection of Telugu folklore thirty two delightful tales that are instructive as they are amusing.

Introduction

It is within every person’s experience to enjoy with all attention the tales told by his grand old dames to climb their knees, to share the envies kiss. There is hardly anybody, I think who does not look back with fond attachment to those home associations, with those innocent sweet simple pleasures whence first we started into life’s long race. We feel them, while the wings of fancy still are free, even in age and at our latest day. while the unthinking mind is satisfied with these grandmothers’ tales as such the thinking mind goes a step further and endeavours to gather knowledge from these tales of childhood. There are a good many to whom familiarity breeds contempt, and who in blissful ignorance, scoff at folklore. But the ethnologist cannot fail to regard it as a sine qua non of the study of the racial development. There are many in whom grandeur hears with a disdainful smile these short and simple annals of the poor. But it ought not to be forgotten that these cottages of the poor turn out in be the very nurseries of the wisdom and knowledge which the world has accumulated.

Bare facts of history are not sufficient for the serious ethnologist. There are limits to the historian’s survey of the world. “Thus far shalt thou go and no further” can be applied to history as to other departments of knowledge as well. When, therefore history tries to disdain the limits of its little reign, it calls in the assistance of folklore archeology, phrenology etc., etc. Though folklore appears to be a very much neglected branch of science, it takes the place of history during the times when there are no records, by throwing a world of light on the manners, customs and religious and social condition of the people whose folklore it is. We all know that every good is not without alloy, and that this visible Nature and this common world is so created that the two things evil and world is created that the two things- evil and good-co-exist. We cannot get any knowledge in a concentrated form. If this be something like a universal law of our present condition, if knowledge for example cannot be obtained except by hard and often painful application, if health can be secured only by those who are content to pay the price of steady exercise and strict temperance for it, we need not be surprised if the folklore study is by no means a purely easy affair, one that can be learnt at first sight. Indian folklore presents very often a thick network of the natural and the supernatural which exerts a peculiar talismanic influence on the listener. This blending of the natural and the supernatural has taken possession of the Telugu mind to a very great extent so much so that the ordinary Telugu person fully believes that there can be no gloomier form of infidelity than that which questions the moral attributes of the Great Being in whose hands lie the final destinies of us all. His ideas of God’s dealings with man are is peculiar to himself that none but those intimately acquainted with him can rightly understand them.

Contents

Introduction
1An Unseasonable Advice1
2The King and the Wrestler3
3The old women the cock and the chafing dish5
4The Dear friend7
5The Sagacious Minister9
6The Lion and the jackal11
7Dream Consciousness13
8The Inevitability of the Law of Karma15
9The Washerman minister17
10The Brahmin and his two sons19
11Durbuddhi and Subuddhi21
12Concentration23
13Enquire before you Entrust 25
14The Washerman of Benares27
15To Escape Scot Free29
16Truth will come to light31
17The Brahman and his Two Wives33
18Vanity of Human wishes35
19The Mussalman and the Robber 36
20The Swan and the crow37
21Castle-building39
22The path to fame40
23Injustice as the result of ignorance 41
24Child is the father of man43
25The Boy and the Thief44
26Ingratitude 45
27Keep to your promise46
28Pre-ordinance47
29Duped by the Majority 48
30Cheats will surely be cheated 50
31The tiger and its council 52
32A wise counsel54
33The Talisman 56
34The Crane and the fish58
35The Hare and the Elephants 60
36An honest servant62
37The Three fish65
38The Crane and the swan67
39King Sibi69
40The king and the Giant71
41The gaining of friends 86
42The cat and mouse 101
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