Pańcatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom
OUP Oxford, Nov 25, 1999 - Fiction - 195 pages
The Pancatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. No other Indian work has had a greater influence on world literature, and no other collection of stories has become as popular in India itself. A significant influence on the Arabian Nights and the Fables of La Fontaine, the Pancatantra teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal stories. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, enterprise, and drive counters any preconception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society. Patrick Olivelle presents the Pancatantra in all its complexity and rich ambivalence, examining central elements of political and moral philosophy alongside the many controversial issues surrounding its history, including its numerous versions and translations, and the reconstruction of the original text by Franklin Edgerton. This new translation vividly reveals the story-telling powers of the original author, while detailed notes illuminate aspects of ancient Indian society and religion to the non-specialist reader.
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ancient India ancient Indian animals Arimardana Arjuna Artha ascetic asked banyan became birds black cobra Book Brahmin character Ciramjivin Citragriva crocodile crow Cudakarna Damanaka death deer Dharmabuddhi Dustabuddhi elephant emboxed End of Story enemy enmity evil ﬂew foes fool forest fortress Fortune Frame Frame Frame frame story friendship frogs happen hare he’s heard heart heron Hertel Hiranyaka hunter jackal Karataka killed king king’s Laghupatanaka lake lion lion king lived look lord Mahabharata Majesty man’s Mandavisa Mantharaka Meghavarna merchant mind minister mongoose monkey mouse narrated this story once one’s owls Paﬁcatantra Pingalaka Raktaksa reﬂected replied Samjivaka sandpiper Sanskrit servants snake someone Sub-Story tantra tell texts thief thing thought told translation tree turned turtle Valivadanaka verse puts virtue Visnu Visnusarman wealth what’s who’s wife wild wise woman word means