Noori Jam Tamachi – Pakistani folklore
Noori Jam Tamachi is a folk tale from Sindh. According to this tale, Jam Tamachi ruled the lower Sindh while Noori belonged to the tribe of fisherman. Noori was a pretty girl and caught the fancy of Jam Tamachi who was on a hunting expedition. Jam Tamachi was so dazzled by her beauty that regardless of the wide class difference between them, married her.
Though Jam Tamachi was very happy, others at his palace especially his queens and court members frowned upon the humble background of the new queen. Jam Tamachi however silenced his critics by saying that Noori was a person of great character. To prove his point, Jam Tamachi asked his queens to dress up as he would take the best dressed queen for a ride. All the queens with the exception of Noori dressed in finest clothes and jewelry. Noori was dressed in the clothes she used to wear when she was a simple girl. When asked about her attire, Noori replied that the old clothes reminded her of her roots. Jam Tamachi already in love with Noori was now more impressed by her simplicity and chose her above the other queens. The two led a happy life.
However, according to one version of this story, Jam Tamachi’s attentions towards Noorie made his other queens jealous and one day out of jealousy, they poisoned her to death. Noorie is remembered as a woman of character, piety and simplicity.
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