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When the Earth and Sky were Married

A Muria folk tale from Orissa retold from 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal peoples.People around the world have different ways...

How the First House was Built

A long time ago, humans were only as tall as hens and rabbits.These tiny "humans", if you can call them that, lived under trees.Living in trees was not very nice.During rains they got wet. In summers they sweated madly, and in winter they almost froze into ice.Life was tough.So they started living in burrows, just the way rabbits do.They...

The Girl who Taught the World to Weave

This is a story of the time when humans first walked the earth. And in those days they did not wear clothes, for they did not know how to weave cloth.One day, the god Matai decided to teach the art of weaving to one person. The god taught a girl called Hambrumai. And what were the designs the girl...

The Dog and the Pig

Retold from 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal peoples.A man kept two animals -- a dog and a pig. He kept them in...

When Humans had Tails

A Saora folk tale from Orissa retold from 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal peoples.The Saora tribals of Orissa, in eastern India, believe...

A Frog’s Friendship

From 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal peoples.There was a time when the Frog had thick legs and he lived on land. He...

And Elephants did Fly

A Saora folk tale from Orissa retold from 'When the World was Young', by Verrier Elwin. The book is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India. Elwin was a pioneering anthropologist; he spent his entire life getting to know the ways of life of the tribal peoples.There was a time when elephants could fly. The...

The Story of Big Ears

Retold from ''When the World was Young', by pioneering anthropologist, Verrier Elwin. It is a fascinating collection of folktales from the tribal peoples of India.This happened a long, long time ago.Humans had big ears then.And they would flap in the wind.Their ears were so big that they found a use for them.Sometimes they would lie down upon one...

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