Excerpt from Stories of India's Gods and Heroes The word Preface suggests to many youthful minds something learned and dry, and the result is that the Preface is t read. Certainly a book of stories like these ought t to be burdened with anything dry at the outset; but if the stories themselves are to prove reasonably interesting, it will do one any harm to kw something about the books in which they are found and the people among whom the books were written. The language in, which these tales have come down to us is called Sanskrit, name which has thing to do with that of any people like the names English, French, German, etc. - but is simply an adjective of which our term high class, though t an exact translation, gives a good idea; because Sanskrit was the language spoken by the Brahmans, - i.e. the priests - and kings of various different nations of ancient India, while other classes of society commonly spoke what was called Prakrit, a vulgar form of Sanskrit. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.