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Title : The Folklore of Bombay
Author : R.E. Enthoven
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789390729456
Pages : 354 p
Year of Pub : 2021 ( 1st Published in 1924 )
Price : Rs 1,195.00
This book is a compilation of the superstitions and beliefs among the people of Bombay Presidency with the exception of Sind, during the colonial times, regarding celestial objects such as the sun, moon, stars, earth, rivers, etc., and the rites adopted to propitiate these divine beings. The Brahmins served to propitiate the great gods of the Hindu pantheon such as Shiva or Brahma while the lower castes acted as ministrants to the minor godlings. It was usual to consult and be guided by exorcists when epidemics were feared, illness to be cured, or when precautions were required against witchcraft and spells. Another interesting feature of the book is the widespread belief in totemism. It also contains infor­mation about the meanings attached to dreams and beliefs regarding `good` and `bad` omen, widespread belief in witchcraft and the evil eye, rites for bringing or averting rain, the use of amulets, and other beliefs and practices.
About the Author
R.E. Enthoven (1869-1952), an ICS, was appointed in Bombay as an Assistant District Collector and Assistant Magistrate as well as an Inspector of Factories in 1889. Enthoven had contributed the General Index to the 34 volumes of the Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency that was compiled by Sir James Campbell.


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