Religion and Folk-lore of Northern India (1896)


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Religion and Folk-lore of Northern India (1896)


Title: The Popular Religion and Folk-Lore of Northern India
Author: W. Crooke.
Publisher: Archibald Constable & Co, 1896. 2nd edition, revised and illustrated.
Condition: Hardcover cloth. Ex-library in fair condition. Top of spine chipped on both volumes, spines faded. Ex-library stickers and blindstamping. Binding tight, text clean. Overseas shipping will cost extra.

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About the book:

A valuable 2nd edition, considerably edited from the first edition printed in 1893. Profusely illustrated with photographs, unlike the plain first edition. Overseas shipping will cost extra.


The Godlings of Nature

The Heroic and Village Godlings

The Worship of the Sainted Dead

The Worship of the Malevolent Dead

The Evil Eye and the Scaring of Ghosts

Tree and Serpent Worship

Totemism and Fetishism

Animal Worship

The Black Art


About the author (from Wikipedia):

William Crooke FBA, CIE (6 August 1848–25 October 1923) was a British orientalist and a key figure in the study and documentation of Anglo-Indian folklore. He was born in County Cork, Ireland, and was educated at Erasmus Smith’s Tipperary Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin.

Crooke joined the Indian Civil Service. While an administrator in India, he found abundant material for his researches in the ancient civilizations of the country. He found ample time to write much on the people of India, their religions, beliefs and customs. He was also an accomplished hunter.

Although Crooke was a gifted administrator, his career in the ICS lasted only 25 years because of personality clashes with his superiors. He returned to England and in 1910, he was chosen to be the President of the Anthropological Section of the British Association. In 1911, having been for many years a member of the Council of the Folklore Society, he was elected its President.[2] Re-elected as President of the Society in the following year, he then became the editor of its journal, Folk-lore, in 1915. He continued in this last position until his death at a nursing home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 25 October 1923.

Crooke received various honours later in life, including degrees from the universities of Oxford and Dublin and a fellowship of the British Academy.