Dravidian Gods in Modern Hinduism; A Study of the Local and Village Deitites of Southern India

Dravidian Gods in Modern Hinduism; A Study of the Local and Village Deitites of Southern India

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...nutritious chocolate-colored grain. Kudullamma is the village goddess of Chakicherala, Kandukuru Taluq. When she is worshiped blood is shed until it flows in streams. Beneath the water pot, to keep it from rolling over, is placed a small ring of grass or wattled twigs called kudulla. One night an inmate of a house in this village dreamed that he saw a goddess rise from the kudulla under a water pot in his house. She demanded that she be worshiped, and so real was his dream that he secured a stone, said that it was the goddess whom he had seen, and instituted the worship. These are the legends connected with some of the Dravidian deities. It is probable that every Dravidian deity has had a similar local origin but the stories are forgotten in many cases, and the people answer simply that the god was worshiped by their fathers and so they have continued it. This local origin is a definite characteristic distinguishing these gods from those of Hinduism, which originate in the abode of the gods. In the majority of these local legends the gods were once human beings. This characteristic-is so constant that we may suppose that in the cases where a new god appears outright without a human history, there was such a history believed in by those who instituted the worship. They probably simply thought that the history was unknown to them. It is possible also that in the case of these exceptions the influence of Hinduism is shown, for Hindu gods come to the earth with no human mediation." CHAPTER IX 1 In Madavaram, Darsi Taluq, there was until recently a god called Potukuri Verabramham, who, while scarcely a village deity, has a most interesting origin. The story as told in the villages where Verabramham is worshiped runs as follows. In a...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987632
  • 9781236987631