In all ages, from the remotest antiquity, the story-teller has flourished. Evidences of his existence are to be found among the most ancient monuments and writings in the Orient. In Egypt, Nineveh, Babylon, and other ancient lands he flourished, and in the homes of the noblest he was ever an honored guest.The oldest collection of folklore stories or myths now in existence is of East Indian origin and is preserved in the Sanskrit. The collection is called Hitopadesa, and the author was Veshnoo Sarma. Of this collection, Sir William Jones, the great Orientalist, wrote, "The fables of Veshnoo are the most beautiful, if not the most ancient, collection of apologues in the world." As far back as the sixth century translations were made from them.
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About the Author
YOUNG, EGERTON RYERSON, teacher, Methodist missionary, lecturer, and author; 7 April 1840 in Crosby Township, Upper Canada, son of the Reverend William Young and Amanda Waldron; 25 Dec. 1867, in Toronto, Elizabeth Bingham of Bradford, Ont., and they had eight children, of whom four daughters and one son survived infancy; 5 Oct. 1909 in Bradford and was buried in Bowmanville, Ont.