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THE JACKAL AND THE KITE (Indian Fairy Tales, 1880) collected and translated by Maive Stokes

THERE was once a she-jackal and a she-kite. They lived in the same tree; the jackal at the bottom of the tree, and the kite at the top. Neither had any children. One day the kite said to the jackal, “Let us go and worship God, and fast, and then he will give us children.” So the jackal said, “Very good.” That day the kite ate nothing, nor that night; but the jackal at night brought a dead animal, and was sitting eating it quietly under the tree. By-and-by the kite heard her crunching the bones, instead of fasting. “What...

Phúlmati Rání, or the Flower Lady (Indian Fairy Tales) collected and translated by Maive Stokes

THERE were once a Rájá and a Rání who had an only daughter called the Phúlmati Rání, or the Pink-rose Queen. She was so beautiful that if she went into a very dark room it was all lighted up by her beauty. On her head was the sun; on her hands, moons; and her face was covered with stars. She had hair that reached to the ground, and it was made of pure gold. Every day after she had had her bath, her father and mother used to weigh her in a pair of scales. She only weighed one flower....