The Malay folk tales demonstrate a considerable degree of variety in both type of story, content and characters. The tales themselves like other genres of traditional literature come from different cultures including the India and Middle-Eastern. There are stories which attempt to explain the origins of things, such as rice, objects or places. There are stories involving animal and bird characters, the most famous of these being Sang Kancil, the wily mouse-deer, and there are stories involving simple rustic characters. By far the most popular of all folk tales, are those of Sang Kancil, presented in a variety of interesting situations, and shown to be able to outwit all and sundry.