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Kurulu-gama Appu, The Sooth-sayer

IN a certain city a man was stricken by a scarcity of food to eat, and he went to another country. Having gone there, during the time while he was residing in a village, the village men asked, “What sooth can you tell ?” 1 He said, “I can tell one soo ...

The Kulē-bakā Flowers

IN a certain country a King was ruling ; the King was without children. The King having performed many meritorious deeds, five children were bom. When they looked into the Naekata (or prognostics resulting from the positions of the planets) at the time w ...

Nagul-munnā

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Nagul-munnā

IN a village there were two persons called Nagul-Munnā and Mun-aeṭa Guruwā. While those two were living there they spoke together, “Friend, while we two are remaining in this way matters are not going on properly.” At the time when they spoke thus, Mun ...

The Prince Who Did Not Go To School

IN a certain country there is a King, it is said, and there are two Princes of the King. The two Princes are sent to school, and as they are going from the palace the two go along together. After they have walked a little way, the younger brother goes alo ...

The Faithless Princess

IN a certain country there is a Prince, it is said. The Prince, saying that women are faithless, does not marry. The God Śakra having ascertained this, came in the appearance of a man, and asked at the hand of the Prince whether if he created a Princess ...

The Three Questions

IN a certain country, as a man was going through the middle of a city he met a man of the city, and asked him, “In what manner does the King of this city rule ?” The man said, “It does not appear to us that he has any fault.” Then the man said [sarcas ...

Concerning A Man And Two Yakās

IN a certain country there was a man who had cut a chena. The man, without any one joining with him, went one day and made ready to cut a fresh chena at a place where there was a large tree. Then the Yakā who dwelt in the tree became afraid, and having d ...

How A Yakā And A Man Fought

IN a certain country three men went shooting,1 it is said. At the time when the three persons were going, one man was obliged to go aside for a certain purpose. The man went aside without telling those two men. A Yakā saw the man separate from those two ...

The Prince And The Yakā

A KING of a single city had one son, who was a Prince of five years. At that time, a Yakā 1 having settled in that kingdom began to devour the people of the city, and by reason of this the whole city was like to be abandoned. At last, the King and the men ...

The Four Deaf Persons

IN a certain city there were a woman and a man, it is said. Both of them were deaf. A female child was born to that man, and this child was also deaf. The man to whom she was given in marriage when she grew up was also deaf. The girl’s husband went to pl ...

The Golden Kaekiri Fruit

IN a certain city there are a man and his daughter, it is said. The man’s wife being dead, the girl cooks food for the man. The man cuts jungle at a chena clearing. The girl every day having cooked, and placed the food ready for her father, goes to rock i ...

The Black Storks’ Girl

IN a certain country there are a woman and a man, it is said. The man cuts jungle at a chena clearing ; the woman is weaving a bag. After the man comes home, the woman asks, “Is the jungle cut yet ?” The man says, “A couple of bushes are cut; is the ba ...

The White Turtle

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The White Turtle

AT a village there are an elder sister and a younger sister, two persons. The two are going away, it is said. While going, they saw two bulls going along. Then the cattle asked, “Where are you going ?” “We are going to a country where they give to eat ...

Mātalangē Loku-appu

ONCE upon a time there lived a man and a woman, whose son was a youth named Mātalangē Loku-Appu. One day the mother went to the river to fetch water, telling her son to allow nothing whatever to enter the house in her absence. While she was away a small ...

Tamarind Ṭikkā

IN a certain city there are seven elder brothers and younger brothers, it is said. The seven have a younger sister, who cooks and gives food to all seven. While the seven brothers were cutting and cutting the sides of an earthen ridge (nīra) in the rice ...

The Prince And The Princess

IN a certain city there are a Prince and a Princess, it is said. Because these two go together to the school the teacher said, “You two came together to-day; on another day you must not do it again.” When they were coming separately on that account, the ...

The Turtle Dove

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The Turtle Dove

IN a certain city there are two Princes, it is said. A flower-mother 1 cooks and gives food to the two Princes. The mother of the Princes is dead,- the father is alive. The King has married another Queen, and because the Queen is not good to the Princes t ...

The Millet Trader

AT a certain city two men were cutting jungle, it is said. Having cut it for many days, one man said, “Friend, I will go and bring millet 1 to sow in this chena clearing; you continue to cut the jungle.” The other man said “Hā” (Yes), and that man went ...

The Frog Prince

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The Frog Prince

AT a city there is a certain King; a widow lives at a house near his palace. She subsists by going to this royal palace and pounding rice there; having handed it over she takes away the rice powder and lives on it. During the time while she was getting a ...

The Glass Princess

IN a certain country there are seven Princes, the sons of a King. When the seven persons had grown up, messengers were sent to find the places where there were seven Princesses to be taken in marriage by them. They obtained intelligence that there was a k ...

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