15 Facts About Panchatantra


Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose, arranged within a frame story.

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Prelude section of the Panchatantra identifies an octogenarian Brahmin named Vishnusharma as its author.

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Panchatantra is stated to be teaching the principles of good government to three princes of Amarasakti.

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Panchatantra is a series of inter-woven fables, many of which deploy metaphors of anthropomorphized animals with human virtues and vices.

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Panchatantra's is scared, turns over, and for security embraces the man.

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Panchatantra feels grateful to the thief for making his young wife hold him at last.

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Book four of the Panchatantra is a simpler compilation of ancient moral-filled fables.

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Panchatantra's regrets having killed the friend because of her hasty action.

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Panchatantra is the origin of several stories in Arabian Nights, Sindbad, and of many Western nursery rhymes and ballads.

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An early Western scholar who studied The Panchatantra was Dr Johannes Hertel, who thought the book had a Machiavellian character.

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Sanskrit version of the Panchatantra text gives names to the animal characters, but these names are creative with double meanings.

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Panchatantra approximated its current literary form within the 4th–6th centuries CE, though originally written around 200 BCE.

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Panchatantra migrated into the Middle East, through Iran, during the Sassanid reign of Anoushiravan.

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Introduction of the first book of Kalila wa Demna is different from Panchatantra, in being more elaborate and instead of king and his three sons studying in the Indian version, the Persian version speaks of a merchant and his three sons who had squandered away their father's wealth.

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Panchatantra's efforts began to clear up some confusion surrounding the history of the Panchatantra, culminating in the work of Hertel and Edgerton .

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