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Tibetan Folk Tales

A. L. Shelton

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A collection of 49 folk-tales and proverbs from Tibet. Includes: How the King Lost His Great Jewel; The Story of the Three Hunters; The Hunter and the Unicorn; The Decision of the Official as to Who Owned the One Hundred Ounces of Silver; Story of the Prince's Friend; How the Raven Saved the Hunter; The Two Thieves. (A Black Tent Story); The Golden Squash. (A Black Tent Story); The Story of the Bald-Headed Man; The Man with Five Friends with Different Colored Eyes (A Black Tent Story); The Story of the Violinist; How the Sacred Duck Got His Yellow Breast; The Two Little Cats; Story of a Juggler's Tricks; How the Wolf, the Fox and the Rabbit Committed a Crim, and many more.

This book has 122 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1925.

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Excerpt from '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 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.

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