Pakistani folklore

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A page from Kelileh va Demneh (dated 1429, from Herat, a Persian translation of the Panchatantra) depicts the manipulative jackal-vizier, Dimna, trying to lead his lion-king into war.

Pakistan has a wide variety of folklore, mostly circulated regionally. However, certain tales have related variants in other regions of the country or in neighbouring countries. Some folktales like Shirin and Farhad are told in Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and almost all nations of Central Asia and Middle East, with all having claimed the folklore to have originated in their land. Pakistani mythology here means the myths and sacred narratives of the culturally and linguistically related group of ancient peoples who inhabited the ancient Pakistan and its borderlands.