The Panchatantra tales have regaled children & adults alike with a moral at the end of every story. Some believe that they are as old as the RigVeda. There is also another story about these fables. According to it, these are stories Shiva told his consort Parvati. A king, worried that his three sons are without the wisdom to live in a world of wile & guile, asks a learned man called Vishnu Sharman to teach them the ways of the world. Since his wards are dimwits, Vishnu decides to pass on wisdom.