"A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”
|Shakuntala and her friends|
Raja Favi Varma, 1870
A few years ago, I decided to organize all the cultures I have been researching for the National Storytelling Magazine since 2002. I began with the country of Turkey and then life got in the way. I am revisiting my initial goal and will do my best to stay on track this time around. The good news is that since I dropped the ball, I have amassed many more stories from countless cultures.
My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales
to add to your repertoire, resources for your curriculum, books to complement an
educational unit, crafts to sprinkle in the fun, and in the process, we will
learn more about our global neighbors. I am aware that India has
28 states, each with different cultures. I encourage you to conduct further research
on the specific state and/or culture behind the stories.
I would be most grateful if you would leave a comment to let me know if you find this useful. Let’s continue our journey with the country of India.
A Flowering Tree and
Other Oral Tales from India
The entire book by A. K. Ramanujan is online for generations to read, relish and enjoy.
An online children’s magazine from India with tales of Hodja, Ramen, Birbel, Jataka, Zen and mythological stories. This is one story time you won’t want to end!
Indian Fairytales by
This complete work from 1912 is now available on line. It offers twenty-nine tales from Eastern India and gorgeous illustrations to complement each story.
A legendary collection of short stories from India composed in the 2nd century B.C. “The purpose behind the composition was to implant moral values and governing skills in the young sons of the king.”
Pitara for Kids
Many fables from the Panchatantra and Aesop, Jataka stories and tales from India's tribal peoples.
and the Ramayana are the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Both are
now found online, and the links are found below. This link is an abridged verse
translation of the two longest epic poems in world literature.
Stories from Indian
This site is rich with information and stories on Indian Mythology, offering Jataka Tales, stories from the Panchatantra, Krishna, Shiva and more. Further links share information on Indian terminology, a picture gallery with exquisite portraits of the Gods and a mythology quiz to test your knowledge.
Tales of the Punjab:
Told by the People
"Would you like to know how these stories are told? Come with me, and you shall see. There! take my hand and do not be afraid, for Prince Hassan's carpet is beneath your feet. So now! –'Hey presto! And so, it begins...a wonderful collection of Eastern Indian tales with notes to the stories.
Tales of the Sun or Folktales from Southern India by and http://tinyurl.com/m9wtowz
The Talking Thrush and Other Tales
of India collected by W. Crooke and retold by W.H.
Drouse, 1922. The jackal, tortoise, goat, and monkey are just a few of the
animals you will meet in these 43 tales from India.
INDIVIDUAL STORIES FROM INDIA
And Elephants Did Fly
The Birds and the Shivering Monkeys
The Blind Man and the Elephant
The Dog and the Pig
The Elephants Nose
The Farmer’s Present
The Farmer and the
The Farmer and the Serpent
Fearing the Wind
The Gifts of the Grasscutter http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/018.html The Golden Fish http://tinyurl.com/kyrfbee
Good Will Grow Out of
Great Joy the Ox
Grinding Stone to the
The King and the Drum
Learning to Act
The Lion and the
The Lion’s Share
The Lion’s Wedding
The King of Compassion
The Miserly Old
The Monkey with the
The Son of Seven
The Tale of Two Sons
Why the Fish Laughed
Best Children’s Book About India
Activity Village – Animals, bangles, coloring pages
and much more.
The Crafty Moon – “Children can make their own beautiful oil pastel
creations, Indian textiles, Lotus flower sand paintings, Taj Mahal watercolor and
more” with suggestions to add to your classroom unit.
40 Fun and Interesting Facts About India that Might
Interesting Facts About India
PBS.org – The Story of India: Six units on the country of India.
The lessons are designed for high school students but can be adapted for lower
grades as well.
ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES
Country of Turkey
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Karen Chace 2021 ©
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