The Two Old Women

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The Two Old Women: Tetan Buri and Boka Buri

A Bangali folk tale told by David Heathfield


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There were once two sisters: Tetan Buri, clever sister… aha!  And Boka Buri, foolish sister… hmmm.
Tetan Buri and Boka Buri shared three things. They shared one blanket. They shared one cow. And they shared one mango tree.
‘Aha, sister. I will have the blanket during the night, and you will have the blanket during the day… aha!’
‘Hmmm, very well, sister.’


Boka Buri only had the blanket during the