Sri lankan folk tales andare
Tales of Andare by Jayathu Fernando
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A folktale plays an important role in every society. Storytelling also creates a bond between young and old. During the bygone periods of Sinhala Kings, there was a comedian called Andare who was employed to amuse the King and his Ministers. One of the most popular folk stories in Sri Lanka is the story of Andare. Andare used to be a poet who could instantly compose verses to suit any ongoing situation. Despite being a joker, the tales suggest Andare had a great intelligence that aided him in turning situations to his favour.
The classic Sri Lankan folk tale of Andare, the beloved court jester. At first, she stayed in her shell, pretending her English wasn't that good, letting her husband do all the talking. But after a week or so, there was no denying it: she liked having us around the youngest one putting on his charm full blast of course and her English was in fact pretty decent; the more we spoke, the better it got. After a while longer I worked up the courage to ask her for a children's story, something every child in Sri Lanka hears when they are young. At first, she came up with universally known fables such as The Tortoise and the Hare. Although she was still very shy, she seemed to see this as an opportunity to practise her English and she promised a new story every day.
I have read many folktales from around the world - Russian, Chinese, Sinhala and many more. The pictures in them are so beautiful that they seem real. Folktales have been known to show the culture of a certain country to the entire world. The words, phrases and story show us what kind of language the country has. In ancient times, folktales were passed down from generation to generation verbally. Now, folktales are printed in beautiful, colourful pages, which persuade people to read them.
There is no historical record about employment of court jesters but folklore has many stories about Andare and the pranks he played on the.
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