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The Voice of the Stone of Destiny. 35

forth with the five symbols of royalty, the sword, the parasol, the diadem, the slippers, and the fan, within it, to choose the king's successor. As the three youths lay in the royal park, the ceremonial chariot rolled up and stopped before them. The chaplain (presumably a Brahman) followed. Removing the cloth from Banyan's feet he examined the marks upon them. " Why ! " he exclaimed, " he is destined to be king of all India, let alone Benares ! " and he ordered the gongs and the cymbals to strike up. This awoke Banyan, who sat up. The chaplain fell down before him, saying : " Divine being, the kingdom is thine." " So be it," quietly answered the youth ; the chaplain placed him upon the heap of precious jewels and sprinkled him to be king.^

In a Calmuck tale the instrument of divination is not one of the royal insignia, but a sacrificial cake. An assembly of the people is held to choose a new^ khan ; and it is decided to appeal to the judgement of heaven by throwing a sacrificial cake, called Baling, apparently a figure of dough, into the air, at the time of the sacrifice {Streuopfer). On whosesoever head the cake fell, he should be khan.-

A tale of the Teleut Tartars tells of a father who was enraged with his son because he interpreted the cry of some birds, declaring that they foretold that he himself would become emperor, and his father would drink his urine. The father, in his anger, struck off his son^s head. He then killed his horse, skinned it, rolled his son's body in the hide and flung it into the sea. The weaves carried the package to a village, where an old woman found it. She opened the leather, and the youth came out alive. The prince of that land had died, leaving no son. His subjects

' The Jdtaka, or Stories of the Buddha^s former Births, vol. iv., Cambridge, I90i,p. 23. Story No. 445.

- Jtilg, Die Mdrchen des Siddhi-kilr (Leipzig, l866), p. 60, Story No. 2. The version in Miss Busk's Sagas from the Far East is, as usual, not to be depended on.

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