The Girl Who Married a Snake
This story is about a woman who gives birth to a snake son. She and her husband try to find their son a wife. The dad, the Brahmin, goes into the city to look for a potential bride where he runs into an old friend if his. The friend offers his daughter and she and the Brahmin go back to his hometown. She sees her future husband is a snake and goes through with the wedding anyway. She took care of him like a “good wife should.” One day, in the middle of the night, she saw her husband climb out of the snake skin. He could get out during the night but would have to get back in once the sun rose. His dad came to visit during the night, saw the snake skin lying around, and threw it in the fire. This freed the young man from the curse that had kept him a snake all these years.
I think one of the messages in this story is to not judge something by the way it looks. Things are not as they seem a lot of the time and this story is an example of that. Good things can come out of seemingly awful situations.
There aren’t that many cultural items in this story as it is fictional and not mythology either, but there are some that I could pick out. For example, it talks about the father being a Brahmin. A Brahmin is someone who specializes as priests, teachers and protectors of sacred learning across generations in the Indian culture. Arranged marriages are also a cultural practice I noticed in the story.