Since the beginning of humanity, fables and stories have been the means of
imparting instruction and amusement to man. The stories were designed to
illustrate and exemplify precepts for human conduct. After centuries, these
stories eventually found themselves in print. They are divided into four groups:
Sanskrit or Hindu, Arabic or Persian, Western or European and the American. Of
these, the Sanskrit or Hindu group of stories are the oldest and probably served
as the basis of Arabic or Persian tales, which again served as the source for
many European story-tellers.