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"This admirably produced and well-translated volume of stories from the Sanskrit takes the Western reader into one of the Golden Ages of India. . . . The world in which the tales are set is one which placed a premium upon slickness and guile as aids to success. . . . Merchants, aristocrats, Brahmins, thieves and courtesans mingle with vampires, demi-gods and the hierarchy ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published July 15th 1969 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1959)
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How can a man ever atone for his sins if he does not marry off his daughter? A girl depends on her family; she cannot afford to be independent. A daughter is in effect born for a husband, and her parents safeguard her only for a time. ... If a daughter remains a virgin when she is able to bear children, her kinsmen are ruined. The girl loses caste, and the man who marries her in the end is the husband of an outcaste.


So go the words of "a very wise king" telling the facts of life to his daughter.
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Legends and folk lore: A collection of love and romantic stories

This is a collection of 26 stories translated into English from the Sanskrit version of Brhatkathāsaritsāgara (The Ocean of the Rivers of the Great Romance). This is a famous 11th-century collection of Indian legends and folk tales about love, romance, marriage and relationships. The Sanskrit version is said to have been adopted originally from Guṇāḍhya's Brihatkatha, which was written in an obscure language known as Paiśācī. This
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Found this used at a second hand store and what a great collection of stories based on and around Ancient India.
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Johannes Adrianus Bernardus van Buitenen (1928 - 21 September, 1979) was an Indologist at the University of Chicago where he was the George V. Bobrinskoy Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. His interests ranged widely over literature, philosophy and philology but toward the end of his career he focused primarily on the Mahābhārata.

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