Source for Indian folk tale about girl passed off as boy

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Thu May 18 15:20:42 UTC 2000

A patron has asked about the source of "a folk-tale from India where
in a marriage alliance, a girl was passed off as a boy and she was
saved by a tiger at the moment where it was about to be discovered
that she was a girl. Eventually her sex was changed into a boy and the
tale ends well."  I am referring her to Stith Thompson's Motif index
of folk literature, Oral tales of India, and Types of Indic folk
tales.  But does anyone recognize this right off?



Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.

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