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Omens and Superstitions of Southern India

Omens and Superstitions of Southern India by Edgar Thurston
By: (1855-1935)

This book deals mainly with some aspects of what may be termed the psychical life of the inhabitants of the Madras Presidency, and the Native States of Travancore and Cochin.

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OMENS AND SUPERSTITIONS OF SOUTHERN INDIA

By

EDGAR THURSTON, C.I.E.

Sometime superintendent of the Madras Government Museum and of the Ethnographic Survey of the Madras Presidency

T. Fisher Unwin London: Adelphi Terrace Leipsic: Inselstrasse 20 1912

PREFACE

This book deals mainly with some aspects of what may be termed the psychical life of the inhabitants of the Madras Presidency, and the Native States of Travancore and Cochin. In my "Ethnographic Notes in Southern India" (1906), I stated that the confused chapter devoted to omens, animal superstitions, evil eye, charms, sorcery, etc., was a mere outline sketch of a group of subjects, which, if worked up, would furnish material for a volume. This chapter has now been remodelled, and supplemented by notes collected since its publication, and information which lies buried in the seven bulky volumes of my encyclopædic "Castes and Tribes of Southern India" (1909)... Continue reading book >>


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