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Many fables, folk tales and proverbs in a culture become common references. Stories build, fastens and transmit culture, the US psychologist Jerome Bruner holds in The Culture of Education (1996), in part echoing James Kirk in the Stories of the Hindus (1972). Besides, apt and tallied tales favour sound development in lots of children. (Brudal 1984)

Einstein Insight

Einstein A concerned mother once visited Albert Einstein to get his counsel on how to help her son become really good in maths. Exactly what was she to read for him to help him evolve into a prominent scientist?

"Folk tales," said Einstein.

"Okay," said the mother, "and after that?"

"More folk tales," said Einstein.

"And after that?" the mother asked again.

"Still more folk tales," answered Einstein. [In Zipes 1992, p. 1]


Stories, tales, narratives, renderings, Literature  

Ausubel, Nathan. A Treasury of Jewish Folklore: The Stories, Traditions, Legends, Humor, Wisdom and Folk Songs. New York: Crown, 1948.

Bruner, Jerome. 1996. The Culture of Education. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Brudal, Paul. Det ubevisste språket. [The Unconscous Language] Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1984.

Dimmitt, Cornelia, ed., and J. A. B. van Buitenen, tr. Classical Hindu Mythology. Philadelphia: Temple University, 1978.

Eggeling, Julius, tr. 1882. The Satapatha Brahmana according to the Text of the Madhyandina School. Part 1. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Fuller, Edmund. 1970. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings.

Gupta, Mahendranath. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Tr. Swami Nikhilananda. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1942.

Kirk, James A. 1972. Stories of the Hindus: An Introduction Through Texts and Interpretation. New York: Macmillan.

Klostermaier, Klaus K. A Survey of Hinduism. 3rd ed. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press, 2007.

Kvideland, Reimund, and Henning K, Sehmsdorf, eds. 1988. Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend. Minneapolis, MN: The University of Minnesota Press.

Müller, Max. Collected Edition of Prof. Max Müller's Works. London: Longman's 1900.

Olivelle, Patrick, tr. 1997. Pancatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ramakrishna. 1986. Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna. 2nd ed. 8th impression. Madras: Ramakrishna Math.

Ruland, Wilhelm. 1906. Legends of the Rhine. 10th ed. Köln: Hoursch und Bechstedt.

Schmeerhorn, James, 1934. 1500 Anecdotes and Stories for After Dinner Speaking. New York: A. L. Burt Company.

Zipes, Jack. 1992. Breaking the Magic Spell. Reprint. New York: Routledge.

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