History Literature / TwentyFiveTalesOfTheVetala

27th Apr '16 7:21:41 PM arpathacorrin
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** To be fair, Western vampires were also seen as spirits who possessed corpses in some variations of the mythology.
21st Feb '13 1:25:04 AM EllaV
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Intrigued, Vikram asks the beggar why he does this. The beggar reveals he's really a sorceror, and says that if Vikram comes with him to a cemetary that night and helps him with a simple task, he'll gain much more than simple earthly riches. Vikram agrees, and goes to the haunted cemetary. The sorceror tells him that to complete the ritual, he needs a body hanging by a tree that is possessed by a spirit - a ''vetala''. He warns Vikram not to speak to the spirit, and Vikram goes to the tree and starts carrying the body to the sorceror on his back.

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Intrigued, Vikram asks the beggar why he does this. The beggar reveals he's really a sorceror, sorcerer, and says that if Vikram comes with him to a cemetary that night and helps him with a simple task, he'll gain much more than simple earthly riches. Vikram agrees, and goes to the haunted cemetary. The sorceror sorcerer tells him that to complete the ritual, he needs a body hanging by a tree that is possessed by a spirit - a ''vetala''. He warns Vikram not to speak to the spirit, and Vikram goes to the tree and starts carrying the body to the sorceror sorcerer on his back.



So happen the twenty-four tales of the vetala (the FramingDevice being the twenty-fifth of the title). Each time Vikram gets [[TricksterMentor the vetala]] from the tree and tries to carry it to the sorceror, the vetala tells him a story with a confusing moral and flies all the way back to the tree. With each story, [[CharacterDevelopment Vikram gets wiser]]. The legend is believed by some to be the origin for the nested stories of the Literature/ArabianNights, and is quite well known in its native India. There is a translation by an American Indologist named Arthur William Ryder [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2290/2290-h/2290-h.htm#intro on Project Gutenberg]] that is quite accurate to the original. A book by comparative mythologist Heinrich Zimmer called ''[[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cRYJDuzjd44C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Heinrich+Zimmer&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil]]'' deals with the psychological implications of the legend in some detail.

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So happen the twenty-four tales of the vetala (the FramingDevice being the twenty-fifth of the title). Each time Vikram gets [[TricksterMentor the vetala]] from the tree and tries to carry it to the sorceror, sorcerer, the vetala tells him a story with a confusing moral and flies all the way back to the tree. With each story, [[CharacterDevelopment Vikram gets wiser]]. The legend is believed by some to be the origin for the nested stories of the Literature/ArabianNights, and is quite well known in its native India. There is a translation by an American Indologist named Arthur William Ryder [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2290/2290-h/2290-h.htm#intro on Project Gutenberg]] that is quite accurate to the original. A book by comparative mythologist Heinrich Zimmer called ''[[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cRYJDuzjd44C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Heinrich+Zimmer&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil]]'' deals with the psychological implications of the legend in some detail.



* DarkIsNotEvil: While the sorceror is a dark evil force, the cemetary, corpses and the vetala itself are good.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: While the sorceror sorcerer is a dark evil force, the cemetary, corpses and the vetala itself are good.



* ObviouslyEvil: The sorceror, who Vikram trusts enough despite his plan being 'come to this creepy haunted place and lug around a corpse for my dark magic and I'll make it worth your while'.

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* ObviouslyEvil: The sorceror, sorcerer, who Vikram trusts enough despite his plan being 'come to this creepy haunted place and lug around a corpse for my dark magic and I'll make it worth your while'.
30th Jan '13 3:06:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TricksterMentor: The vetala borders on being a {{Troll}}, but it genuinely does want Vikram to get wiser.

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* TricksterMentor: The vetala borders on being a {{Troll}}, TheGadfly, but it genuinely does want Vikram to get wiser.
17th May '12 6:11:15 AM Noxie
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So happen the twenty-four tales of the vetala (the FramingDevice being the twenty-fifth of the title). Each time Vikram gets the [[TricksterMentor the vetala]] from the tree and tries to carry it to the sorceror, the vetala tells him a story with a confusing moral and flies all the way back to the tree. With each story, [[CharacterDevelopment Vikram gets wiser]]. The legend is believed by some to be the origin for the nested stories of the Literature/ArabianNights, and is quite well known in its native India. There is a translation by an American Indologist named Arthur William Ryder [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2290/2290-h/2290-h.htm#intro on Project Gutenberg]] that is quite accurate to the original. A book by comparative mythologist Heinrich Zimmer called ''[[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cRYJDuzjd44C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Heinrich+Zimmer&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil]]'' deals with the psychological implications of the legend in some detail.

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So happen the twenty-four tales of the vetala (the FramingDevice being the twenty-fifth of the title). Each time Vikram gets the [[TricksterMentor the vetala]] from the tree and tries to carry it to the sorceror, the vetala tells him a story with a confusing moral and flies all the way back to the tree. With each story, [[CharacterDevelopment Vikram gets wiser]]. The legend is believed by some to be the origin for the nested stories of the Literature/ArabianNights, and is quite well known in its native India. There is a translation by an American Indologist named Arthur William Ryder [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2290/2290-h/2290-h.htm#intro on Project Gutenberg]] that is quite accurate to the original. A book by comparative mythologist Heinrich Zimmer called ''[[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cRYJDuzjd44C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Heinrich+Zimmer&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil]]'' deals with the psychological implications of the legend in some detail.
18th Apr '12 7:09:07 PM AirofMystery
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The story is known in Sanskrit as either ''Baital Pachisi'' or ''Vetala Panchavimshati''.
** Not quite. ''Baital Pachisi'' is not a Sanskrit name at all: it is a later Hindi/Urdu version of the original Sanskrit name ''Vetala Panchavimshati''.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The story is known in Sanskrit Urdu/Hindi as either ''Baital Pachisi'' or and in Sanskrit as ''Vetala Panchavimshati''.
** Not quite. ''Baital Pachisi'' is not a Sanskrit name at all: it is a later Hindi/Urdu version of
Panchavimshati''; for this reason, the original Sanskrit name ''Vetala Panchavimshati''. vetala is sometimes called a baital.
15th Apr '12 11:14:58 AM circemaga
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** Not quite. ''Baital Pachisi'' is not a grammatical Sanskrit name (it is a later Hindi/Urdu version of the original Sanskrit name ''Vetala Panchavimshati'' (which is in correct Sanskrit).

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** Not quite. ''Baital Pachisi'' is not a grammatical Sanskrit name (it at all: it is a later Hindi/Urdu version of the original Sanskrit name ''Vetala Panchavimshati'' (which is in correct Sanskrit).Panchavimshati''.
15th Apr '12 11:13:19 AM circemaga
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** Not quite. ''Baital Pachisi'' is not a grammatical Sanskrit name (it is a later Hindi/Urdu version of the original Sanskrit name ''Vetala Panchavimshati'' (which is in correct Sanskrit).
5th Feb '12 12:43:11 PM Oreochan
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So happen the twenty-four tales of the vetala (the FramingDevice being the twenty-fifth of the title). Each time Vikram gets the [[TricksterMentor the vetala]] from the tree and tries to carry it to the sorceror, the vetala tells him a story with a confusing moral and flies all the way back to the tree. With each story, [[CharacterDevelopment Vikram gets wiser]]. The legend is believed by some to be the origin for the nested stories of the ArabianNights, and is quite well known in its native India. There is a translation by an American Indologist named Arthur William Ryder [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2290/2290-h/2290-h.htm#intro on Project Gutenberg]] that is quite accurate to the original. A book by comparative mythologist Heinrich Zimmer called ''[[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cRYJDuzjd44C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Heinrich+Zimmer&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil]]'' deals with the psychological implications of the legend in some detail.

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So happen the twenty-four tales of the vetala (the FramingDevice being the twenty-fifth of the title). Each time Vikram gets the [[TricksterMentor the vetala]] from the tree and tries to carry it to the sorceror, the vetala tells him a story with a confusing moral and flies all the way back to the tree. With each story, [[CharacterDevelopment Vikram gets wiser]]. The legend is believed by some to be the origin for the nested stories of the ArabianNights, Literature/ArabianNights, and is quite well known in its native India. There is a translation by an American Indologist named Arthur William Ryder [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2290/2290-h/2290-h.htm#intro on Project Gutenberg]] that is quite accurate to the original. A book by comparative mythologist Heinrich Zimmer called ''[[http://books.google.co.in/books?id=cRYJDuzjd44C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Heinrich+Zimmer&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil]]'' deals with the psychological implications of the legend in some detail.
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