Friday, August 19, 2016

Overview. Neogi. Sacred Tales of India

Title: Sacred Tales of India
Author: D. N. Neogi
Illustrator: P. Ghose
Year: 1916

Comments: This is a really fascinating book! The author has collected stories that are connected to Hindu rituals, so at the beginning of each story, he provides a description of the ritual. The story then helps to explain the details of the ritual, but in narrative form.

Free Online: See all the links at Freebookapalooza. The links below are to the Internet Archive presentation of the book.

Length: two weeks. I've divided the reading into four parts: Part A - Part B (one week of reading), and then Part C - Part D (another week of reading). You do not need to read this in order, and you can use it just for a half-week of reading or one or two weeks of reading; it's up to you.

Here are the four parts; as you can see some of the parts have stories that are on the long side, while other parts contain stories that are shorter, but each part is approximately the same length.

Reading Part A  
The Divine Brothers: link to story
Snatched from Death: link to story
By Itu's Favor: link to story

Reading Part B 
The Bride of Yama: link to story
The Goddess who Devoured Elephants: link to story
The Slayer of Kangsa: link to story
Chand, The Unbeliever: link to story

Reading Part C  
The Gift of the Ascetic: link to story
The Sun's Twin Sons: link to story
The Consequences of Generosity: link to story
A Brahman's Ban: link to story
The Pir's Power: link to story
The Gander-Eater: link to story

Reading Part D
The Fatal Oath: link to story
Sacrificed to Varuna: link to story
Joyabati — The Gift of Joya: link to story
Saved from the Cat: link to story
The Wife Who Used to Eat the First Morsel: link to story
The Wife Who Cooked Beef: link to story
The Banished Girls: link to story

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