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Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon, Volume 2 (of 3)

Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon, Volume 2 (of 3)
Category: Tales / Sri Lanka
Title: Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon, Volume 2 (of 3)
Release Date: 2018-06-25
Type book: Text
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
Date added: 27 March 2019
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Vol. II
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76A Legend of Kandy3
77The Gamarāla’sDaughter4
78The Gamarāla’sGirl7
79How Gourds were put in Small-MouthedPots10
80The Royal Prince and the Carpenter’sSon13
81Concerning a Royal Prince and aPrincess23
82The Princes who Learnt theSciences33
The Nobleman and his Five Sons(Variant A)36
The Seven Princes(Variant B)39
The Attempt of Four BrāhmaṇaPrinces to Marry (Variant C)42
83The Story ofKaḷundāwa46
84How the Poor Prince becameKing50
85How the Gardener became King54
86How the Foolish Man becameKing57
87The Foolish Man60
88The Story of Marirāla64
89The Invisible Silk Robe66
90The Foolish Youth70
91The Story of the SevenThieves76
92The King who became a Thief81
93The Female Fowl Thief88
94Gampolayā andRaehigamayā90
95The Story of the Two Liars96
96The ThreeHeṭṭiyās98
97Concerning Two Friends101
98Concerning Four Friends107
99Concerning a Horse [vi]109
100The Story of the PearlNecklace111
101The Widow Woman andLoku-Appuhāmi116
102The Decoction of Eight NelliFruits121
103The Prince and Princess and TwoDēvatāwās124
104Concerning the Prince and the Princesswho was Sold130
105The PrincessHeṭṭirāla137
106The Maehiyallē-gamaPrincess142
107The Wicked Princess146
108Holman Pissā151
109Concerning a Vaeddā and aBride157
110A Story about aVaeddā160
111The Story of the FourGiants162
112The Story about a Giant172
113Hiṭihāmi theGiant175
114The New Speech181
115The Master and Servant191
116How the Son-in-Law Cut theChena192
117A Girl and a Stepmother195
118The Wicked Elder Brother198
119Nahakoṭā’s WeddingFeast201
120How a Man Charmed aThread204
121How the Rice and Curry becameRaw206
122How a Woman ate Cooked Rice byStealth207
123How a Woman Offered Cakes208
124The Manner in which a Woman prepared aFlour Figure210
125How a Woman became aLapwing212
126The Story of the Seven WickedWomen215
127The Story of the Old Man219
128The Magic Lute Player221
129The Lad who Sang Songs223
130The Hunchback Tale226
131The Poor Man and theJewels228
132The Learned Poor Man230
133A Poor Man and a Woman234
134The Story of the Rākshasa and thePrincess237
135The Way the RākshasīDied241
136How a Rākshasa turned Men and Bullsinto Stone244
137The Rākshasa-eatingPrākshasa [vii]247
The Rākshasa-eatingPrākshasa (Variant A)256
The Rākshasīs-eatingPrākshasa (Variant B)257
The Rice-dust Porridge(Variant C)262
The Evidence that the Appuhāmi atePaddy Dust (Variant D)266
138The Story of the CakeTree269
The Lad and theRākshasī (Variant A)275
The Cake Tree (Variant B)276
139The Girl, the Monk, and theLeopard280
140The Washerman and theLeopard286
141The Frightened Yakā288
142The Story of the SevenYakās292
143The Yakā and the Tom-tomBeater294
144How a Tom-tom Beater got a Marriagefrom a Gamarāla296
145The Gem Yaksanī299
146The Nā, Mī, and Blue-LotusFlowers’ Princesses309
The Story of the She-Goat(Variant A)320
The Story of a Nobleman’sSon (Variant B)323
147The Loss that occurred to theNobleman’s Daughter330
148TheRaṭēmahatmayā’s Presents333
149The Prince and theMinister334
150The Story of King Bamba339
151Concerning a Royal Princess and aTurtle345
152The Story of a King and aPrince356
153The Story of the Gourd361
154The Story of the ShellSnail364
155The Queen of the RockHouse367
155AThe Story of the Elder Sister andYounger Brother377
156The Queen and theBeggar380
157The Frog in the Queen’sNose382
158Concerning a Bear and theQueen385
159The Leopard and thePrincess388
160The Story of the FoolishLeopard393
161The Story of theḌabukkā396
162The Leopard and theCalf399
163The Ash-Pumpkin FruitPrince401
164The Kabaragoyā and theWidow [viii]407
165The Frog Jacket409
166The Four-faced King and theTurtle411
167The Story of the Cobra and thePrince414
168The Ant Story417
169The Gamarāla and theCock419
170Concerning the GoldenPeacock421
171The Story of theBrāhmaṇa’s Kitten425
172The Story of the MangoBird430
173How the Parrot explained theLaw-suit435
174The Parrot and the Crow440
175The Crow and the Darter442
176Concerning the Crows and theOwls443
177The Female Lark445

See Additional Notes and Corrections in the Appendix, Vol.III. [1]




No. 76

A Legend of Kandy1

At a certain place in Lan̥kāwa (Ceylon),there was an extensive forest. In that forest there were elephants,bears, leopards, wan̆durās,2 and manyother jungle animals.

At any time whatever, at the time when any animal springs forseizing an animal that is its prey, it comes running near a rock thatis in an open place in the forest. Having arrived near the rock, theanimal that ran through fear goes bounding back after the animal thatis chasing it. Regarding that rock, it was the custom that it was[known as] “The Rock of the Part where there isTranquillity” (Sen̥-kaḍa-gala3).

One day a Basket-mender for the purpose of cutting bamboos went intothis forest. While he was cutting bamboos a certain jackal went drivinga hare on the path. At the time when the hare arrived near this rockthe jackal began to run back, and the hare ran behind it.

The Basket-mender, having been looking at this, examined the place,and having gone near the King who was ruling at that time, told him ofthis circumstance. And the King, having thought that it is a goodvictorious ground, went there, and having built a city makes it hiscapital (rāja-dhāniya). For that cityhe made the name Sen̥kaḍagala [Nuwara—that is,Kandy].

Ūva Province. [4]

1 TheSinhalese title is, “The Jackal and theBasket-mender,”—at least this is what I take to be themeaning of Kulupottā, a word I do not know,deriving pottā from the Tamil pottu, to mend; compare Kuḷuyara, a basket-maker. 

2 A largemonkey of two species (Semnopithecus). 

3 DerivingSeṇ from sema. Kandyappears to have been founded at the beginning of the fourteenth century(Ancient Ceylon, p. 354, note). 


No. 77

The Gamarāla’s Daughter

In a certain country there were a Gamarāla and adaughter of the Gamarāla’s, it is said. Well then, for theGamarāla they brought a Gama-mahagē.1 TheGama-mahagē’s daughter and that Gamarāla’sdaughter stayed in one place. The Gamarāla and theGama-mahagē cook and eat separately; the Gamarāla’sdaughter and the Gama-mahagē’s daughter cook and eatseparately.

A King comes every day to the house in which are the two girls.Afterwards, the Gama-mahagē’s daughter, having quarrelledwith the Gamarāla’s daughter, went to the Gama-mahagēand told tales: “A King comes every day to the house we arein.”

Then the woman said, “Daughter, you go to that house to-day[and watch if he comes].” Having said “Hā”(Yes), that girl went.

Afterwards the girl came to the house in which was the Mahagē.After having come, she said, “Mother, to-day also the Kingcame.”

Then that girl’s mother, having cut her finger-nails2and given them into the hand of the girl, said, “Daughter, takethese and place them upon the beam of the threshold.” The girl,having taken them and placed them on the beam of the threshold, came tothe Mahagē’s house.

On the following day the girl did not go to the house of theGamarāla’s daughter. That day, also, came the King. After hecame he placed his foot on the beam of the [5]threshold;then the finger-nails pricked him. Immediately the King went to thecity on the back of the tusk elephant.

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