Tigers of Salsette, Song of Sandsumjee
A Gond fable from Seoni:
Sandsumjee married six wives, but had no heir, so he married a seventh and departed on a journey; during his absence, after his relatives had sacrificed to a god, she bore a son, Singbaba.Read on.
The “small wife was sleeping, the other six were there,” so they took the babe and threw it into the buffalo’s stable, placing a puppy by her side, and said “Lo! A puppy is born.”
But the buffaloes took care of Singbaba and poured milk into his mouth.
When the six wives went to look for him, they found Singbaba playing.
Thence they took him and threw him to the cows, but the cows said, “Let no one hurt him,” and poured milk into his mouth.
And here are the tigers of Salsette.