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Tibetan Folk Tales

It is found among the old, old histories of the Tibetans that a female demon living among the mountains in Northern India mated with a monkey from the forests of Tibet, and from this union sprang the Tibetan race of people. The greater part of their literature is of a sacred nature, telling of their creation, of the formation of the world, of Buddha and his miraculous birth and death, of his reincarnations and the revisions of his teachings. A kind of almanac, a little astronomy, plans for casting a horoscope, and many books filled with religious teachings and superstitions, including the worship of devils and demons, are about all that can be found. The 49 little stories in this book are told as the people sit around their boiling tea made over a three stone camp-fire. They are handed down from father to son, from mother to daughter, and though often filled with their superstitious beliefs, through them all run a vein of humor and the teachings of a moral truth which is quite unexpected. These tales were gathered by Dr. A. L. Shelton on his trips among the Tibetans, around their camp-fires at night, and in their black tents high up in the mountains. Every country has its folk-lore tales that have always been a joy and pleasure to the children, not only of their own land, but of other lands as well. May these stories add a little to this pleasure and enjoyment everywhere, in whatsoever tongue they may be translated or in whatever land they may be read. Flora Beal Shelton 1925
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Table of Contents

1 The Wise Bat 2 The Tiger and the Frog 3 The Cony Who Got into Bad Company 4 The Story of the Donkey and the Rock 5 Story of the Foolish Head-Man 6 How the Fox Fell a Victim to His Own Deceit 7 The Ingratitude of Man 8 Covetousness 9 The Wise Carpenter 10 The Story of Drashup and the Goddesses 11 How the Louse Got the Black Streak Down His Back 12 The Man and the Ghost 13 The Wicked Stepmother 14 The Story of the Two Devils 15 The Wise Woman 16 The Three Friends 17 The Rabbit and Bumblebee Bet 18 How the Rabbit Killed the Lion 19 How the King Lost His Great Jewel 20 The Story of the Three Hunters 21 The Hunter and the Unicorn 22 The Decision of the Official as to Who Owned the One Hundred Ounces of Silver 23 Story of the Prince's Friend 24 How the Raven Saved the Hunter 25 The Two Thieves. (A Black Tent Story) 26 The Golden Squash. (A Black Tent Story) 27 The Story of the Bald-Headed Man 28 The Man with Five Friends with Different Colored Eyes (A Black Tent Story) 29 The Story of the Violinist 30 How the Sacred Duck Got His Yellow Breast 31 The Two Little Cats 32 Story of a Juggler's Tricks 33 How the Wolf, the Fox and the Rabbit Committed a Crime 34 The Pewter Vase 35 A Rabbit Story 36 The Story of a Juggler 37 The Story of a Turquoise 38 A Wise Idiot 39 The Man and the Monkeys 40 The Story of the Tree of Life 41 The Story of the Man with the Goitre 42 The Story of the Beggar 43 The Wily Poor Man 44 The Quarrel of the Five Friends 45 The Frugal Woman 46 The Story of Yugpacan, the Brahman. From Jaschke 47 The Story of Da Jang. From Amundsen 48 Like unto Solomon. From Jaschke 49 Tibetan Song Tibetan Music

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