Folklore of Bengal

Description Read Full Description
Preface to the First Edition Folklore is a very difficult subject to write a book on within a given limit, and on a given plain-especially when it concerns a complex culture like the Bengali. Moreover, its study covers a wide range of different subjects of diverse nature sometimes absolutely not related to each other like physical anthropology and myths, primitive psychology and ethnomusicology and so on. This is the age of specialization and that too not in one subject but in one par...
Preface to the First Edition

Folklore is a very difficult subject to write a book on within a given limit, and on a given plain-especially when it concerns a complex culture like the Bengali. Moreover, its study covers a wide range of different subjects of diverse nature sometimes absolutely not related to each other like physical anthropology and myths, primitive psychology and ethnomusicology and so on.

This is the age of specialization and that too not in one subject but in one particular aspect of a subject. The more limited the subject, the greater the depth of scholarship show. It is therefore difficult for an individual author to write on a subject like this with full justice.

I have been a teacher of literature all my life. But in the midst of it, I chose to do some research work in anthroplogy. I joined the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India, and worked there for a period of more than eight years. First as a Research Associate in Primitive Religion and Folk-Culture and subsequently as an Assistant Anthropologist in Social Anthropology. I have had the rare opportunity to work during that period both in the field and in the office directly under an outstanding folklorist of the age, the late Dr Verrier Elwin, then Deputy Director of the Survey.

I do not feel for a moment that this experience, however rare, has given me any competence to accept the offer to write a book on this subject, but it has certainly given me the competence to realize the practical difficulty of undertaking such a responsibility. Therefore, I have written this book with full consciousness of my limitations.

 

Back of the Book

Folklore of Bengal provides a holistic account of rich and assorted tradition of folk art, oral literature, myths and mythology, religion and magic, fairs and festivals, customs and social milieu of the province. Samples of folk songs, folk tales and riddles add value to the book, which has been thoroughly revised by Srirang Jha.

 

About the Author

Asutosh Bhattacharya was an ardent scholar of Folklore. He served as Professor of Bengali and Head of the Department of Modern Indian Languages at Calcutta University. He authored more than seventy books on various aspect of Bengali culture.

 

Contents

 

. Preface to the First Edition vii
1. The Region and the People 1
2. The Myths and Mythology 18
3. Religion and Magic 37
4. Customs and Traditions 67
5. Fairs and Festivals 82
6. Oral Literature 110
7. Musical Aspect of Folklore 134
8. Folk Arts 156
  Appendix 178
  Bibliography 187
  Index 191
 

 

Sample Pages









Item Code: IDK643 Author: Asutosh Bhattacharya Cover: Paperback Edition: 2007 Publisher: National Book Trust ISBN: 9788123747497 Language: English Size: 8.5" X 5.5" Pages: 204 (13 B/W & 7 Colour Illustrations) Other Details: weight of book 286 gms
Price: $12.00
Shipping Free
Viewed 11271 times since 1st May, 2018
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Folklore of Bengal (Language and Literature | Books)

Purulia Chhau (Mask Dance of West Bengal) (DVD Video)
Essays on Indian Folk Life and Culture (With Special Reference to Bengal)
Folk Arts of West Bengal and The Artist Community
The Folk Literature of Bengal
बंगाल (लोक संस्कृति और साहित्य): Folk Culture and Literature of Bengal
Patua Painting Folk Art of West Bengal (Do it Yourself Educational Activity Kit)
Writing Identities (Folklore and Performative Arts of Purulia, Bengal)
The Ramayana in Bengali Folk Paintings
Mother Goddess Candi (Its Socio Ritual Impact On the Folk Life) - An Old Book
A Sociological Study of the Toto Folk Tales
Folk Arts and Social Communication
Indian Folk Jewellery (Designs and Techniques)
Lepcha Folklore and Folk Songs
Art of Dancing: Classical and Folk Dances
Folk Theatre Pandwani "Based On The Epic Mahabharata"
Testimonials
I have bought several exquisite sculptures from Exotic India, and I have never been disappointed. I am looking forward to adding this unusual cobra to my collection.
Janice, USA
My statues arrived today ….they are beautiful. Time has stopped in my home since I have unwrapped them!! I look forward to continuing our relationship and adding more beauty and divinity to my home.
Joseph, USA
I recently received a book I ordered from you that I could not find anywhere else. Thank you very much for being such a great resource and for your remarkably fast shipping/delivery.
Prof. Adam, USA
Thank you for your expertise in shipping as none of my Buddhas have been damaged and they are beautiful.
Roberta, Australia
Very organized & easy to find a product website! I have bought item here in the past & am very satisfied! Thank you!
Suzanne, USA
This is a very nicely-done website and shopping for my 'Ashtavakra Gita' (a Bangla one, no less) was easy. Thanks!
Shurjendu, USA
Thank you for making these rare & important books available in States, and for your numerous discounts & sales.
John, USA
Thank you for making these books available in the US.
Aditya, USA
Been a customer for years. Love the products. Always !!
Wayne, USA
My previous experience with Exotic India has been good.
Halemane, USA