King Vikram and the Vampire

Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance

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King Vikram and the Vampire
Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance

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Pages : 304

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892814756

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : February 01, 1993

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 34 b&w illustrations

Translated by the noted Victorian Orientalist, Sir Richard F. Burton, from the original Sanskrit, these ancient Indian folk tales influenced such later works as 1001 Arabian Nights and Boccaccio's Decameron. First published in 1870, these stories will entertain and delight modern readers while illuminating the life and customs of classical India.
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About King Vikram and the Vampire

Translated from the original Sanskrit by the noted Victorian Orientalist, Sir Richard Burton, these ancient Indian folk tales influenced such later works as 1001 Arabian Nights and Boccaccio's Decameron. As revealing today as they were in their own time, these stories will entertain and delight modern readers while illuminating the life and customs of classical India. This reprint from the 1893 limited edition contains 34 black-and‑white illustrations, including the frontispiece designed especially for that edition.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Preface

Preface to the First (1870) Edition

Introduction


The Vampire's First Story
In which a Man deceives a Woman

The Vampire's Second Story
Of the Relative Villany of Men and Women

The Vampire's Third Story
Of a High-minded Family

The Vampire's Fifth Story
Of the Thief who Laughed and Wept

The Vampire's Sixth Story
In which Three Men dispute about a Woman

The Vampire's Seventh Story
Showing the exceeding Folly of many wise Fools

The Vampire's Eighth Story

Of the Use and Misuse of Magic Pills

The Vampire's Ninth Story
Showing that a Man's Wife belongs not to his Body but to his Head

The Vampire's Tenth Story
Of the Marvellous Delicacy the Three Queens

The Vampire's Eleventh Story

Which Puzzles Raja Vikram

Conclusion
Author Bio
Sir Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) was one of the greatest traveler-explorers of history, whose life has recently been chronicled both in biography (Captain Sir Richard Burton) and film (Mountains of the Moon). Famous as the translator of The 1001 Arabian Nights, Burton also searched for the headwaters of the Nile, and was the discoverer of the central lakes of Africa. Orientalist, prolific author, and member of the Royal Geographic Society, he was one of the most remarkable and controversial men of his century.
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Book Praise

"Witty, entertaining, and illuminating of traditional Indian culture. The book will enrich the library of yoga students interested in exploring the mythic background in which yoga philosophy developed."

Yoga Journal



"If you have the time to read for pure entertainment, pick up this volume. First published in 1870, and reprinted with illustrations from the 1893 edition of King Vikram and the Vampire, we have a centennial edition here that is highly recommended to everyone. Delightful Hindu fairy stories, which also contain much interesting information on Indian customs and manners from ages past."

Hinduism Today

Back Cover

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LITERATURE / HINDUISM

FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1870, these witty and spirited legends established the literary foundations for the Arabian Nights. The tales first appeared in Sanskrit as the Baital‑Pachisi, a collection of Hindu stories told by the baital (a vampire or mischievous spirit). They center on the adventures of the great King Vikram--the King Arthur of the East--who has promised delivery of the vampire to a magician. Pulling the vampire out of a tree, Vikram stuffs him in a sack and sets off on his journey. But the loquacious baital has his own designs and proceeds to instruct the king with a series of tales of the deception, villainy, and folly of human beings. As revealing today as they were in their own time, these stories will entertain and delight modern readers while illuminating the life and customs of classical India. This reprint from the 1893 limited edition contains 34 black-and‑white illustrations, including the frontispiece designed especially for that edition.

Orientalist, prolific author, and traveler‑explorer, SIR RICHARD F. BURTON (1821-1890) was one of the most remarkable and controversial men of his century. He is famous as the translator of The 1001 Arabian Nights, the Kama Sutra, the Ananga‑Ranga, and the Perfumed Garden.

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