Kalila & Dimna Story @ Institute for Cultural Research 28/3/09

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A storyteller's bird's-eye view of the fabulous travels of the 8th Century Arabic prose classic •KALILA WA DIMNA•, beginning from the Buddha's JATAKA TALES in India circa 450 BCE until its arrival 2000 years later in England, translated in 1570 CE from the Italian by Sir Thomas North as •THE MORAL PHILOSOPHIE OF DONI•

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Kalila & Dimna Story @ Institute for Cultural Research 28/3/09

  1. 1. The Kalila & Dimna Story How an ancient ‘book’ left home by Ramsay Wood ICR London Seminar on The Power of Stories March 2009 Saturday, 4 April 2009 1
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  3. 3. 547 Jatakas Animal Story =Template Circa 450 BCE Saturday, 4 April 2009 3
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  5. 5. 1- (Navajo) ‘At the time when men and animals were all the same and spoke the same language...’ Saturday, 4 April 2009 5
  6. 6. 547 Jatakas Animal Story =Template Circa 450 BCE Saturday, 4 April 2009 6
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  16. 16. Four Key Characters Bull, King Lion & the Jackal Brothers Saturday, 4 April 2009 16
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  20. 20. Karataka ('Horribly Howling') and Damanaka (‘Victor) = Sanskrit (1st Tantra) Karirak ud Damanak = Pahlavi title Kalila wa Dimna = Arabic title Saturday, 4 April 2009 20
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  34. 34. Thomas North, 1570 Philosophie of the wise auncient Fathers: A work first compiled in the Indian tongue, and aftervvardes transferred into divers and sundrie other languages: As the Persian, Arabian, Hebrue, Latine, Spanish, and Italian: and now reduced into our vulgar speeche. Saturday, 4 April 2009 34
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  36. 36. K & D Animal Stories (oral, manuscript & book) 450ish BCE, Buddha/Disciples • Jataka Tales — • Panchatantra — 200ish BCE, Visnu Sarma • Karirak ud Damanak — 570ish CE, Burzouy/Bidpai • Kalila wa Dimna —750ish CE, Ibn al-Muqaffa/Bidpai ~ ~ ~ 1570 CE, T. North • Moral Philosophy of Doni — Saturday, 4 April 2009 36
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  40. 40. Abassid Caliph al-Mansur Saturday, 4 April 2009 40
  41. 41. Thomas North, 1570 Philosophie of the wise auncient Fathers: A work first compiled in the Indian tongue, and aftervvardes transferred into divers and sundrie other languages: As the Persian, Arabian, Hebrue, Latine, Spanish, and Italian: and now reduced into our vulgar speeche. Saturday, 4 April 2009 41
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  43. 43. quot;Surely reader, this book shall be a looking glass for thee, wherein thou shalt most lively beholde the daily and present daungers and decytes of mans most miserable lyfe and the eyes of thy understanding shall be made open to discerne the flatteries of desceytfull men, and the wisdome of this most guileful worlde: by means whereof ye may easily blot out many effects of this (alas) our crooked age. This precious gem of knowledge, who so shall lodge it in the secrecie of his memory, shall never loose it but shall rather augment and increase it with age in such sort that he shall win a marvellous commodotie. . . . Thomas North, 1570 For to find so riche a treasure and not to know how to take it and laye it up; is rightly to follow him, that finding a masse of gold and silver, had not the wyt to take it and carry it away.quot; Saturday, 4 April 2009 43
  44. 44. ramzwud@gmail.com Saturday, 4 April 2009 44

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