Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends

Overview

In the cold months of 1865, young Mary Frere and her father, Bartle Frere, British governor of Bombay, set out in a caravan across the Deccan province of south central India. During their journey Mary transcribed 24 popular Hindu folktales told to her by her nursemaid. That collection of tales, which she published as Old Deccan Days, not only became the first Indian folklore collection in English, it established a new genre of writing about British India.

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Overview

In the cold months of 1865, young Mary Frere and her father, Bartle Frere, British governor of Bombay, set out in a caravan across the Deccan province of south central India. During their journey Mary transcribed 24 popular Hindu folktales told to her by her nursemaid. That collection of tales, which she published as Old Deccan Days, not only became the first Indian folklore collection in English, it established a new genre of writing about British India.

These marvelously imaginative tales from the Indian oral tradition are peopled with beautiful, smart, outspoken women; restless, adventuresome men; gods who take on human form; and animals who know the secrets of human destinies. Evil magicians cast spells on humans, changing them to plants, and demonic, ogre-like Rakshases savor human flesh.

A collection of folk tales from India's fairyland where rajas, ranis, rakshas, jackals, magicians, and cobras prevail.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The twenty-four tales themselves are eminently readable … constitute a very significant contribution to the history of folklorists. To the readership they offer enlightenment as well as entertainment."

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Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

"Thanks to ABC-CLIO for bringing to us one of the gems from the golden age of folklore discovery. This, and the other half dozen volumes in this series, deserve a place in every story buff's library as a prime example of the best in traditional storytelling."

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Territorial Tattler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076804
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/17/2002
  • Series: Classic Folk and Fairy Tales Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Situating Old Deccan Days vii
Old Deccan Days 1
Index 255
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