Vetala Tales  is a popular collection of short stories from India of unknown age and antiquity, but predating the 11th century CE. It exists in four main Sanskrit recensions revisions. In addition, there also exists many modern translations into Indian and other vernaculars. The collection consists of a series of unrelated tales, all told within the context of a frame story similar to Scheherezade's in Arabian nights. The exact content of the frame stories varies between versions, but always involves the core element of King Vikramaditya carrying a dead body to a yogi or holy man in a cemetery. The body is subsequently possessed by a Vetala a predatory undead spirit in Hindu mythology , who tells Vikramaditya the tales contained in the narrative to pass the time, and then subsequently aids him in thwarting the yogi's nefarious scheme in the conclusion of the story.
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Each of these statuettes which are part of the throne then recites a tale of King Vikram. Each tale glorifies the King by praising him as he espouses the virtues of honesty, chivalry, righteousness, generosity and bravery. The statuette then asks King Bhoja that he c The throne of King Vikramaditya lies buried under the earth before its unearthed may years later by King Bhoja. The statuette then asks King Bhoja that he can ascend the throne if he possesses these virtues thus making him suitable to sit upon such a throne that once adorned the mighty king Vikram.
Each tale runs into 2 or 3 pages making this book a light read. I believe this book is an object lesson in the qualities an ideal leader should possess thus making him revered among his subjects. Simhasana Dvatrimsika is a classic tales of courage and compassion Vikramaditya BCE to 15 CE, a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India, famed for his wisdom, valour and magnanimity.
The original author of the work is unknown. The present text is dated to the thirteenth century AD. It exists in four main recensions, from which extracts have been compiled together for the first time. Jan 15, Akemi G. I like reading mythologies and folktales from anywhere in the world.
I knew next to nothing about ancient Indian stories, and I find them different and charming. You'd think thirty-two stories of the same theme--the great deeds of the mythical king--would be boring by tale 10 or so. I was concerned about this point, too, but wait--there is a surprise!
Tale 17 the first of the second half of stories hints that there is more to the narration of the statuettes and King Bhoja the king who attem I like reading mythologies and folktales from anywhere in the world. Tale 17 the first of the second half of stories hints that there is more to the narration of the statuettes and King Bhoja the king who attempts to mount the magic throne 's willingness to listen.
Neat book. A King should have Magnanimity, Daring and Courage! Relates the tales of King Vikramaditya and the aspiring King Bhoja. Favourite one was the Stopping of Saturn. Jan 26, Biby added it. Jan 27, Vaishnav Ap rated it really liked it. May 28, Jino Thomas rated it it was amazing.
Best book I ever read. Only weaker. Though I'm no Sanskritist. If it's your first foray into the brilliant plane of Indian thought and myth, you'll probably be blown away. If you already have the major Sanskrit classics under your belt, it'll maybe be more resonant, but, I'd bet, less amazing.
This is a book for anyone wanting to know more about Sanskrit literature with folk roots. The stories are repetitive; probably because they are based on folklore. The translation is, without a doubt, excellent.
There can not be more boring book than this one. Fifty Shades of Grey. Interesting, albeit with slightly repetitive moral messages. Anand S rated it really liked it Mar 10, Sailesh Ravindran rated it really liked it Apr 04, Reshmasuresh rated it it was amazing Aug 25, VipinRaj Vsv rated it really liked it Jul 29, Vinod Kumar rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Irfan Palekodan rated it it was ok Oct 16, Abhijith VS rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Krishna Pramod rated it really liked it Mar 21, Deepu Nath rated it did not like it Nov 16, Sanooja rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Anmol Kathuria rated it really liked it Sep 07, Yinzadi rated it really liked it Feb 24, Abey rated it really liked it Jul 14, Sajith rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Sukumaran P rated it really liked it Mar 25, Jun 29, Ameen marked it as to-read.
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