The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie (Penguin Classics)

The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie (Penguin Classics)


part legendary, heroic and sagacious, the emperor Vikramaditya is extensively considered as India's maximum monarch. This selection of tales tells of the ruler's fabled come across with a vetala, a genie who inhabits the physique of a corpse. The emperor begs the spirit for his support opposed to a amazing necromancer and is instructed in go back twenty-four stories, each one of which provides a state of affairs he may face as a king and culminates in a riddle that he needs to remedy. With each one resolution, Vikramaditya screens his deep knowledge, proving himself to be the right monarch and successful, within the twenty-fifth story, the suggestions he wishes from the vetala to wreck his strong enemy. Written down in medieval instances yet encouraged by way of an oral culture stretching again centuries, those clever and witty stories rank among the nice masterpieces of Sanskrit literature.

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