Folklore of Gujarat
|Author:||A.M.T. Jackson and R.E. Enthoven|
|Publisher:||K. N. BOOK HOUSE, DELHI|
|Other Details||11.00x9.00 inch|
The book contains essays on many aspects of folklore exhibits the variety and important Gujarat folk rituals and attitudes. Here folks is made mainly on the nature power, Heroic godlings, Disease deities, The worship of ancestors and saints, the malevolent dead, the evils eye and the scaring of ghosts, Tree and serpent worship, Totemism and fetishism, Animal worship, witchcraft and General.
I desire at the outset of these introductory remarke to explain that, when at the request of the memorial committee I undertook the task of seeing these notes through the press, I did not contemplate any critical handling of the materials found in the papers made over to me. I had neither the leisure nor the knowledge to carry out Mr. Jackson's intention, i. c., to edit the notes carefully with such criticisms and comparisons as his ripe scholarship would have suggested. I make no claim, therefore, to have effected more than to have rescued from the wastepaper basket a number of replies to questions regarding the beliefs of the people in Gujarat and the Konkan. The notes as now presented doubtless contain much that is trivial, and possibly many inaccuracies; but among them students of folklore may on the other hand discover material of real value-such as they are, they will, I trust, repay careful study, and perhaps serve one day to form the basis of a further and more comprehensive examination of the folk-lore of the Bombay Presidency an examination which should not be too long deferred, for the old practices and beliefs are yearly tending to decay and vanish in contact with the spread of education, The field for enquiry is wide and rich, but workers fail to come forward; and meanwhile the old beliefs and practices slowly disappear. On the subjects with which these notes deal, much information of value has already been collected and recorded by another oriental scholar, the late Sir James Campbell, K.C.I.E.. and will be found partly in the pages of the Bombay Gazetteer, and partly in the notes on the Spirit Basis of Belief and Custom which he published from time to time in the Indian Antiquary.
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