The Tiger, the
1 Plot 2 Variants 3 See also 4 Notes 5 External links
Plot A brahmin passes a tiger in a trap. The tiger pleads for his release, promising not to eat the brahmin. The brahmin sets him free but no sooner is the tiger out of the cage then he says he is going to eat the brahmin. The brahmin is horrified and tells the tiger how unjust he is. They agree to ask the first three things they encounter to judge between them. The first thing they encounter is a tree, who, having suffered at the hands of humans, answers that the tiger should eat the brahmin. Next a buffalo, exploited and mistreated by humans, agrees it is only just that the brahmin should be eaten. Finally they meet a jackal, who at first feigns incomprehension of what has happened and asks to see the trap. Once there he claims he still doesn't understand. The tiger gets back in the trap to demonstrate and the jackal quickly shuts him in, suggesting to the brahmin that they leave matters thus. Variants
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John D. Batten
There are more than a hundred versions of this tale  spread across
the world. In some the released animal is a crocodile, in some a
snake, a tiger and others a wolf.
Some variants are very old, going back at least to the
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^ Frere, Mary (1896). " The Brahman, the Tiger, and the Six
Judges". Old Deccan Days. Wikisource.
^ Dorson, R. M. (1999). History of British folklore. Taylor and
Francis. ISBN 0-415-20476-3. p. 334.
^ Jacobs, Joseph (1892). Indian Fairy Tales (1913 ed.). Forgotten
Books. pp. 69–73. ISBN 1-60506-119-0. where it
appears as The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal. Jacobs gives his
source as "Steel-Temple, Wideawake Stories, pp. 116-20; first
published in Indian Antiquary, xii. p. 170 seq." It can be found
online here at Google Books and here with its illustration.
^ Jacobs in his notes on the tale mentions that "No less than 94
parallels are given by Prof. K. Krohn in his elaborate discussion of
this fable in his dissertation, Mann und Fuchs, (Helsingfors, 1891),
Sound recording of the tale Illustrated web version of the tale Ingratitude Is the World's Reward: folktales of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 1