How the Daughter-in-Law Got the Coins

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How the Daughter-in-Law Got the Coins is a Sri Lankan fairy tale collected by H. Parker in Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon.[1]

It is Aarne–Thompson type 982, Ungrateful Heirs.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

A man marries a rich woman who did not help his mother. He gives his mother a bag full of pottery shards. The mother contracts leprosy, but since she shakes the bags where the daughter-in-law can hear and announces that whoever cares for it will have, the daughter-in-law tends her. After the mother dies, the woman realizes it was shards, not coins.

Variants[edit]

The tale is widespread, with many ways to trick the heirs into thinking there is wealth to be had.[1]

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