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The Sindhi ‘Sohni Mahiwal’
Sat, Feb 28 2015. 12 20 AM

The Sindhi ‘Sohni Mahiwal’

Musharraf Ali Farooqi on a lesser-known version of the mythical lovers
The female goblins
Sat, Jan 10 2015. 12 42 AM

The female goblins

Khulasat-ul Tawarikh has detailed accounts of ‘dayans’, female goblins who were fond of chewing the hearts of children
Familial cannibalism
Sat, Nov 29 2014. 12 52 AM

Familial cannibalism

Two tales from our folk literature of humans consuming their kin
Man of gold
Thu, Oct 16 2014. 03 37 PM

Man of gold

In the days when Raja Lakhban Phal ruled Kutch, a herb turned the human body to gold—the ‘tula purush’
King Solomon and the ogress
Fri, Sep 19 2014. 11 29 AM

King Solomon and the ogress

The inscription on the amulet to ward off evil spirits and jinn was dictated by a grand ‘churail’ (ogress) to a mighty king
The cannibal king
Sat, Aug 16 2014. 12 02 AM

The cannibal king

The legend of Shri Badat, the last Buddhist king of Gilgit, explores the dark old theme of cannibalism, but elevates it to a sacred act
The trickster’s bride
Tue, Jul 22 2014. 10 13 PM

The trickster’s bride

Two Indian folk tales about animal tricksters, who set out with little or no possessions, and claim young women as brides
Lives in minuscule time
Tue, Jul 22 2014. 10 13 PM

Lives in minuscule time

The magic of time can compress not only memories but whole lifespans
Love and death’s door
Tue, Jul 22 2014. 10 13 PM

Love and death’s door

At death’s door, there is no duality: neither the lover nor beloved exist
An hour of the afterlife
Tue, Jul 22 2014. 10 13 PM

An hour of the afterlife

Of parables in which the characters go to sleep and upon waking find that centuries have passed in the interim

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