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A Sanskrit collection of fables and folk wisdom, compiled by Nārāyaṇa in 12th century Bengal, and well-known in India and beyond as a Sanskrit ‘reader’. The first English translation was made by Charles Wilkins in 1787, but many of the stories had found their way to Europe in Arabic and Persian versions well before that. It is a radically altered version of the Pañcatantra.

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