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Stories of ancient India

By |2017-07-20T17:16:54-08:00July 20th, 2017|India, Literature|

Harappan Seal One of the earliest known writing systems came from India, probably around 2500 BC. Unfortunately, nobody can read the Harappan writing yet. But we know people were using this writing to mark their property, so other people couldn't steal it, and to keep track of things. The writing was in pictographs, like Egyptian hieroglyphs. [...]

Dushyanta and Shakuntala – Cinderella in India

By |2017-07-20T16:02:19-08:00July 20th, 2017|India, Literature|

Ganges river - wider and slower than the Indus Well, King Dushyanta had forgotten all about his wife Shakuntala, because of the curse. So he never sent for her, while she gave birth to their son Bharata. Finally Shakuntala decided to go the city and look for her husband. But on the way there, her ring fell [...]

Cinderella in India – Mahabharata

By |2017-07-20T15:50:26-08:00July 20th, 2017|India, Literature|

Indian woman from the Mauryan period (ca. 200 BC) This story comes from the Sanskrit epic poem the Mahabharata. Story-tellers were probably telling this story at least by 500 BC, during the Vedic period, and somebody wrote it down by 300 BC or so. This is the earliest version of the Cinderella story that anybody knows. In this story, [...]

Cinderella Story from Ancient Egypt

By |2017-06-17T18:27:09-08:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Literature|

Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Rhodopis was a girl from ancient Greece, who as a child was sold into slavery in Egypt. In Egypt, the other slaves made fun of Rhodopis because she looked different, with her blue eyes and white skin. Rhodopis (row-DOPP-iss) was very unhappy with no friends and everyone making [...]

Cinderella in China – Medieval Chinese Story

By |2018-04-18T09:53:38-08:00June 6th, 2017|China, Literature|

Tuan Cheng-Shih wrote a version of the Cinderella story during the T'ang Dynasty, about 700 AD. It may be a retelling of an earlier Indian version from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. In 700 AD, many Chinese Buddhists were traveling to India for their education, and they may have heard this story there. In this [...]