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The Popular Religion and Folklore of North India (2 vols.)

The Popular Religion and Folklore of North India (2 vols.)
£28.12
Item Code: IRP73
Author: William Crooke
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 1978
ISBN: 21502624
Pages: 660 (B & W Illus: 21)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0" X 5.8"
About the Book:

Folklore, or, in short, the traditional beliefs of a people, is the bedrock on which the superstructure of their culture and civilization stand. Lost in the oblivion of dead time, the origins of a people's beliefs lie hidden in mystery, but their influence is supreme, their enchantment everlasting. A systematic study of a folklore forms the clue to the inner life of its people and leads one to an appreciation and understanding of their ideas, religious and secular, intellectual and artistic.

The book on hand on The Popular Religion and Folklore of Northern India by W. Crooke, originally published in 1894, is one of the first attempt to bring together information, then available, about our great and mighty religion as current in its original home in Northern India. The author who was in the Bengal Civil Service has brought to bear upon it a diligence and conscientiousness, the qualities which had marked the British ruling class to which he belongs. All the valuable information which he collected in the course of his official business, he has put together in this book, sifting the grain from the chaff and with an emphasis on facts rather theorizing on them. He has also, for comparison and support, drawn upon other contemporary works. Wherever they lend themselves, he has shown parallels in other folklores, particularly the European. Our worship of things natural, of trees, serpents and animals of the sainted and malevolent dead, of heroes, our belief in evil eyes, ghosts and demons, our practice of Black Art, Totemism and Fetishism, all - these have received detailed study at the author's hands. The book appeals at both the levels of the scholar and the layman, illuminating the one and entertaining the other. It takes us nearer to the basis on which Hinduism has been founded.

Contents

Vol. 1.

Chapter I.

The Godlings of Nature

Chapter II.

The Heroic and Village Godlings

Chapter III.

The Godlings of Disease

Chapter IV.

The Worship of the Sainted Dead

Chapter V.

Worship of the Malevolent Dead

Vol. 2.

Chapter I.

The Evil Eye and the Scaring of Ghosts

Chapter II.

Tree and Serpent Worship

Chapter III.

Totemism and Fetishism

Chapter IV.

Animal Worship

Chapter V.

The Black Art

Chapter VI.

Some Rural Festivals and Ceremonies

Bibliography

Index

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