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Title A story of a widow sister
Description There were seven brothers in a village. They had a widow sister who they brought after her husband's expiry to live just next to them. She had her only son and they used to live by selling milk. The cow she had was very cunning and used to go away at night to eat up things that belonged to her brothers. When complained she didn't believe it because whenever they searched for the cow, it was found tied to a post in the cowshed. One day her brothers caught the cow and beaten to death. The sister was helpless. Her son knew that the cow-skin was useful and some people buy it to make shoes, etc. So, he took the skin to the market. While he was on the way, a bird came near him and dropped a bag containing a lot of money. He left the cow-skin there and took the bag with full of money home. They were counting the money when the wife of one of the seven brothers saw them. On enquiry she was told that they got the money from selling the cow-skin. When the brothers came to know about this, they became greedy and decided to kill their own cows and sell the skin to be rich. When they took the skin to a market, no one bought it. So they became angry with their sister and decided to set fire the house along with herself and her only son. When she heard about their brothers' plan she and her son digged the ground inside her house to hide. Her brothers really burnt her house down, but they survived. Her brothers now decided to kill their nephew. They took him inside a sack to a deep river through a jungle. On the way they became thirsty, so went in search of water to drink. At that moment, a postman came by the way with a horse. Seeing the sack he went near it and talked to the boy. The boy was intelligent and by his oratory skill and tricks, put the postman under the sack and left the place taking his horse. The brothers took the postman to the river and threw him into the river. When they returned home they were surprised to see their nephew and the beautiful horse. The boy told them that there were many beautiful horses inside the river, so he just picked one. He told them that they could also bring horses of their choice if they went inside the water. They believed him and went to the river. The nephew then put each one of them inside sack on their permission and pushed down into the deep river one by one. They all died. He returned home and told his aunts that their husbands were all dead and they should be prepared to lead rest of their lives as a widow like his mother. Duration 00.18.00. Speaker name Rupendra Lahary. Location Bishmuri, Kokrajhar.
Origination date 2010-03-02
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Prafulla Basumatary
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Region / village Bishmuri, Kokrajhar
Originating university University of Gauhati
Data Categories primary text
Data Types Sound
Discourse type narrative
Roles Rupendra Lahari : speaker
DOI 10.4225/72/56FFE2DA25BF0
Cite as Prafulla Basumatary (collector), Rupendra Lahari (speaker), 2010. A story of a widow sister. MPEG/VND.WAV. BRX1-2010030202 at
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Collection ID BRX1
Collection title Bodo narratives and descriptions of traditional practices
Description A collection of audio recordings of narratives (personal and traditional), descriptions of traditional practices and tools
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