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Dushyanta and Shakuntala – Cinderella in India

By |2017-07-20T16:02:19+00:00July 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+00:00July 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, [...]