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Folklore of the Santal Parganas

Cecil Henry Bompas

1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – Bajun and Jhore
3. 02 – Anuwa and His Mother
4. 03 – Ledha and the Leopard
5. 04 – The Cruel Stepmother
6. 05 – Karmu and Dharmu
7. 06 – The Jealous Stepmother
8. 07 – The Pious Woman
9. 08 – The Wise Daughter-in-Law
10. 09 – The Oilman and His Sons
11. 10 – The Girl Who Found Helpers
12. 11 – How to Grow Rich
13. 12 – The Changed Calf
14. 13 – The Koeri and the Barber
15. 14 – The Prince Who Acquired Wisdom
16. 15 – The Monkey Boy
17. 16 – The Miser’s Servant
18. 17 – Kuwar and the Rajahs Daughter
19. 18 – The Laughing Fish
20. 19 – How the Cowherd Found a Bride
21. 20 – Kara and Guja
22. 21 – The Magic Cow
23. 22 – Lita and His Animals
24. 23 – The Boy Who Found His Father
25. 24 – The Oilman’s Bullock

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Summary

This is an intriguing collection of folklore from the Santal Parganas, a district in India located about 150 miles from Calcutta. As its Preface implies, this collection is intended to give an unadulterated view of a culture through its folklore. It contains a variety of stories about different aspects of life, including family and marriage, religion, and work. In this first volume, taken from Part I, each story is centered around a particular human character. These range from the charmingly clever (as in the character, The Oilman, in the story, “The Oilman and His Sons”) to the tragically comical (as in the character, Jhore, in the story “Bajun and Jhore”). In later parts, the stories will focus on other subjects, including spirits, animals, and legends from this culture.