732. Birth, betrothal, and marriage among the Agarwāla Banyas. (The clothes of the bride and bridegroom are tied in a knot.)
733. Tattooing of women (N.W. Prov.). Conciliates the mysterious opponents who beset the path traversed after death. Imitations of ornaments, since no other ornament can be taken to the next world. Remedy for disease and barrenness.
738. Procedure of sorcerers to cure disease (Kumaon). The usual ecstasies, and instances of second-sight more or less correct. The writer vouches for one of them ; he tested the man himself.
Folk-lore. — 633. The Princess who got the gift of patience. The tale contains incidents like that of Psyche. The fairy prince visits his bride only at night, when she turns a magic fan upside down. Envious sisters grind glass fine, and lay it under the sheet. The prince falls into horrible pain, and the princess finds out what is the matter, and how to cure it, by hearing birds talk.
634. Superstitions of husbandry.
643. Another version of the Fairy Gift legend. A saint gives a herdsman a handful of barley, which turns into gold at home.
699. Tale of an ass which dropped money.
703. "Scapegoat" animal carries off disease.
704. The Magic Ring of Lord Solomon. Contains the following incidents : Wishing Ring (cp. Lang's Blue Fairy Tale Book, No. 1) ; prince leaves a cup of milk with his mother, saying, "As long as this milk does not turn sour, know that I am alive." The princess throws three hairs into the river, and a king who finds them falls in love with her. A witch gets the ring, and spirits the princess away. A dog and cat get the ring back by aid of a mouse. [Almost the same story from South India in Clouston's Popular Tales and Fictions, i, 337.]
739. The pranks of Hop-o'-my-Thumb (Alirzapur).
740. Shekh Chilli and the Thieves : "four corners and one above."
742. A monster who boiled boys in oil. The hero throws him in, boils him, and sprinkles the oil on the bones which lie about. The boys previously boiled come to life again (Mirzapur).
743. The Man who Fought with God. Three questions asked on the way by people whom he came across, which he gets answered (Mirzapur).
744. Princess Pomegranate. Prince plucks a pomegranate off a tree, but is told to take no more. He at first does so, and is killed ; then he only took one, and it burst, and a princess came out. Envious woman, who kills the princess, and takes her place ; princess returns in form of a flower, which is pricked to pieces, from which a pomegranate-tree grew, and bore one fruit, from which the princess came