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Omens and Superstitions of Southern India by Edgars Thurston, 1912

Omens and Superstitions of Southern India by Edgars Thurston, 1912

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Omens and Superstitions of SouthernIndia, byEdgar ThurstonThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: Omens and Superstitions of Southern IndiaAuthor: Edgar ThurstonRelease Date: March 26, 2011 [EBook #35690]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK OMENS AND SUPERSTITIONS ***Produced by Jeroen Hellingman and the Online DistributedProofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net/ for ProjectGutenberg.OMENS AND SUPERSTITIONS OF SOUTHERN INDIAByEDGAR THURSTON, C.I.E.Sometime superintendent of the Madras Government Museum and of theEthnographic Survey of the Madras PresidencyT. Fisher UnwinLondon: Adelphi TerraceLeipsic: Inselstrasse 201912
PREFACEThis book deals mainly with some aspects of what may be termedthe psychical life of the inhabitants of the Madras Presidency,and the Native States of Travancore and Cochin. In my "EthnographicNotes in Southern India" (1906), I stated that the confused chapterdevoted to omens, animal superstitions, evil eye, charms, sorcery,etc., was a mere outline sketch of a group of subjects, which, ifworked up, would furnish material for a volume. This chapter hasnow been remodelled, and supplemented by notes collected since itspublication, and information which lies buried in the seven bulkyvolumes of my encyclopædic "Castes and Tribes of Southern India"(1909). The area dealt with (roughly, 182,000 square miles, witha population of 47,800,000) is so vast that I have had perforce tosupplement the personal knowledge acquired in the course of wanderingexpeditions in various parts of Southern India, and in other ways, byrecourse to the considerable mass of information, which is hidden awayin official reports, gazetteers, journals of societies, books, etc.To the many friends and correspondents, European and Indian, who havehelped me in the accumulation of facts, and those whose writings Ihave made liberal use of, I would once more express collectively,and with all sincerity, my great sense of indebtedness. My thanksare due to Mr L. K. Anantha Krishna Iyer for supplying me with theillustrations of Malabar yantrams.CONTENTS PageI. Omens 13II. Animal Superstitions 73III. The Evil Eye 109IV. Snake Worship 121V. Vows, Votive and other Offerings 137VI. Charms 180VII. Human Sacrifice 199VIII. Magic and Human Life 224IX. Magic and Magicians 237X. Divination and Fortune-Telling 273XI. Some Agricultural Ceremonies 289XII. Rain-Making Ceremonies 305Index 312
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSMalayan Exorcist with Fowl in Mouth (see p. 246) Frontispiece PageSacred Vultures, Tirukazhukunram 86Evil Eye Figures, Malabar 112Evil Eye Figures Set Up in Fields 114Impressions of Hand on Wall of House 119Praying for Offspring before Lingam, Snake-Stones, and Figure ofGanesa 124Pulluvan with Pot-Drum 129Vettuvans Wearing Leafy Garments 152Silver Votive Offerings 160Clay and Metal Offerings, South Canara 162Subramaniya Yantram 185Hanuman Yantram 186Meriah Sacrifice Post 202Jumadi Bhutha, South Canara 237Figure Washed Ashore at Calicut 249Korava Woman Telling Fortune 283OMENS AND SUPERSTITIONS OF SOUTHERN INDIAIOMENSIn seeking for omens, Natives consult the so-called science of omensor science of the five birds, and are guided by them. Selected omensare always included in native calendars or panchangams.To the quivering and throbbing of various parts of the body as omens,repeated reference is made in the Hindu classics. Thus, in Kalidasa'sSakuntala, King Dushyanta says: "This hermitage is tranquil, and yetmy arm throbs. Whence can there be any result from this in such aplace? But yet the gates of destiny are everywhere." Again, Sakuntalasays: "Alas! why does my right eye throb?" to which Gautami replies:"Child, the evil be averted. May the tutelary deities of your husband'sfamily confer happy prospects!" In the Raghuvamsa, the statement occursthat "the son of Paulastya, being greatly incensed, drove an arrowdeep into his right arm, which was throbbing, and which, therefore,prognosticated his union with Sita." A quivering sensation in theright arm is supposed to indicate marriage with a beautiful woman;in the right eye some good luck.During a marriage among the Telugu Tottiyans, who have settled inthe Tamil country, a red ram without blemish is sacrificed. It isfirst sprinkled with water, and, if it shivers, this is considereda good omen. It is recorded, [1] in connection with the legends ofthe Badagas of the Nilgiris, that "in the heart of the Banagudi shola

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