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Omens and Superstitions of Southern India
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EDGAR THURSTON, CLE.

Superintendent of the Madras Government Museum and of the Ethnographic Survey of the Madras Presidency

INDEX

Note: Please note that though this index has been extracted from the original INDEX in the original book, the page numbers have been removed. Moreover, all contextual words and hints have been removed.



1. Abkari (liquor) license


2. Adultery


3. Agricultural ceremonies


4. Ahtonia scholaris


5. Aiyanar


6. Aiyanar shrines


7. Alagarswami


8. Alangium Laviarckii


9. Albino crow


10. Amman


11. Amman


12. Amputation of finger


13. Ancestor


14. Animal sacrifice


15. Animals


16. Ant


17. Antelope (black-buck)


18. Ant-hill


19. Araikasu Nachiyar


20. Aranai (lizard)


21. Aravan or Kuttandar


22. Areca Catechu


23. Areca nut


24. Arjuna


25. Arka (Calotropis gigantea)


26. Arrack


27. Ashes


28. Astrologer


29. Avaram (Cassia auriculata)


30. Ayilyam festival


31. Ayudha puja


32. Babul (Acacia arabica)


33. Badaga


34. Bael or bilva


35. Bairagi-


36. Bakuda


37. Balanites Roxbiirghii


38. Balija


39. Bamboo


40. Bangle insect


41. Banyan (Ficus bengalensis)


42. Barike


43. Basavi-


44. Bathing


45. Bats


46. Bauhinia variegata


47. Bauri or Bawariya


48. Bead necklets


49. Bear


50. Bedar


51. Bejjo sorcerer


52. Beju sorceress


53. Bells tied on trees


54. Bepari


55. Bestha


56. Betel


57. Bhadrakali


58. Bhagavati


59. Bhairava


60. Bhuthas


61. Bilimagga


62. Billaikavus (cat-eaters)


63. Bird excrement


64. Birds


65. Birth


66. Bison


67. Black buffalo


68. Blood


69. Blood-sucker (lizard)


70. Boar


71. Boddu-rayi (navel-stone)


72. body


73. Bones burnt in lying-in chamber


74. Bottling evil spirits


75. Boundary ceremony


76. Bow and arrow in magic


77. Boyaso


78. Brahman


79. Brahmani bull


80. Branding of body


81. Brinjal (Solatium tnelongcna)


82. Broom


83. Budubudukala


84. Buffalo


85. Bug


86. Bull


87. Burial jars


88. Buteafrondosa


89. Butter


90. Cakes at village festival


91. Camphor


92. Canthium parviflorum


93. Cassia Fistula


94. Castor-oil


95. Cat


96. Cattle


97. Caves as shrines


98. Chameleon


99. Charcoal


100. Charm cylinder


101. Charms used by servants of Europeans


102. Chaudeswari


103. Chauri (yak-tail fan)


104. Chedipe sorceress


105. Chenchu


106. Chenchu Devudu


107. Cheruman


108. Childbirth


109. Chillies


110. Cholam (Sorghum)


111. Cholera


112. Chunam


113. Clay bangles offered to deity


114. Cobra


115. Cochlospermum Gossypium (silkcotton)


116. Cock-fighting


117. Cocoanuti


118. Coffer-fish (Oslracion)


119. Coins


120. Coloured water (arati)


121. Comet


122. Conch


123. Concubines kept by demons


124. Constellations as omens


125. Coorg


126. Coral charm


127. Corpse in sorcery


128. Corpse used in sorcery


129. Cotton seed


130. Cow


131. Cow’s horns


132. Cow-dung


133. Cowry shells in divination and fortunetelling


134. Crab


135. Cremation ground


136. Crocodile


137. Cromlech


138. Cross-roads


139. Crow


140. Crow-pheasant


141. Curds


142. Curls as omens


143. Cutch making


144. Cynodon DaetyIon


145. Dacoity and housebreaking


146. Dakni


147. Dandasi


148. Dasara festival


149. Dasari


150. Date-palm


151. Datura


152. Days


153. Death


154. Debts settled by goddess


155. Deer


156. Deva-dasi (dancing-girl)


157. Devanga


158. Devil dance


159. Devil-dancer-


160. Dharba grass


161. Dipavali festival


162. Dirgayus


163. Dog


164. Dog-god


165. Dolichos Lablab


166. Domb


167. Dommara


168. Donga Dasari


169. Donkey


170. Dreams


171. Drowned persons


172. Dugong


173. Dung beetle


174. Durga puja


175. Ears and tail of dog cut off


176. Earth


177. Earth


178. Earth-eating snake


179. Eclipse


180. Effigy


181. Eggs


182. Ejjugadu sorcerer


183. Elephant


184. Erytkrina indica


185. European casts out devils


186. Evil eye


187. Excommunication


188. Fasting


189. Female


190. Festival


191. Ficus hispida


192. Finger


193. Fire by friction


194. Fire-walking


195. First-born child


196. Fish


197. Fishermen's gods


198. Fishes


199. Fishing-net and trap to catch spirit


200. Flowers


201. Foetus extracted


202. Forefinger unlucky


203. Fortune-teller


204. Four-legged objects


205. Fowl


206. Fox


207. Frenzy during divination or possession


208. Frog


209. Gadaba


210. Gamalla


211. Ganesa


212. Ganga


213. Gangajatra festival


214. Ganja (Indian hemp)


215. Gaping


216. Gavara


217. Gazelle (chinkara)


218. Geometric patterns to cure disease


219. Ghi


220. Gingelly (Sesarium)


221. Givotia rottlerifonnis


222. Goat sacrifice


223. Go-cart on wheels as vehicle of god


224. god


225. Gourd (Lagenaria) used in sorcery


226. Grain


227. Grama devata (village deities)


228. Grandha


229. Grindstone in rain ceremony


230. Gudigara


231. Guest


232. Gul bel (Tinospora cordifolio)


233. Gun fired off to accelerate childbirth


234. Guttalamma


235. Haddi


236. Hair


237. Hair-balls vomited by cows


238. Hamstringing of murderer s corpse


239. Hand


240. Hanged person


241. Hanuman


242. Hare


243. Holeya


244. Holy water


245. Homicide


246. Homicide


247. Hoofs burnt in lying-in chamber


248. Hook-swinging


249. Horn burnt during eclipse


250. Horoscope


251. Horse-


252. House occupation


253. House-building


254. Huligavva


255. Human (meriah) sacrifice


256. human body


257. Human sacrifice


258. Husband's name


259. Hyaena


260. Idaiyan


261. Incense


262. Indra


263. Infanticide


264. Insect in death ceremony


265. Insects as omens


266. Iron against evil eye


267. Irula


268. Ivory beads worn as charm


269. Jackal


270. Jagganatha temple


271. Jaggery


272. Jaggery


273. Jak (Artocarpus integrifolia)


274. Janappan


275. Jasmine


276. Jogis


277. Jokumara rain-making ceremony


278. Journey


279. Jupiter


280. Kadir


281. Kaikolan


282. Kakkalan


283. Kali or Durga


284. Kalian


285. Kalla Alagar


286. Kamma


287. Kammalan


288. Kaniyan-


289. Kannimar


290. Kappiliyan


291. Kapu-


292. Karamadai festival


293. Kavadi


294. Kevuto


295. Khatri


296. Kodalamma ; Kolapuriamma


297. Kodumpavi


298. Kolaramma


299. Koliyan


300. Konda Dora


301. Kondhin


302. Konga Vellala


303. Koraga


304. Korama


305. Korava or Yerukala


306. Kota


307. Koyi


308. Kudubi


309. Kudumi (caste)


310. Kumbara


311. Kunkumam (red powder)


312. Kuruba


313. Kurumba


314. Kuruvikkaran


315. Kusavan potter


316. Kuttichattan


317. Lakshmi or Lutchmi


318. Lambadi or Brinjari


319. Lamp and wick


320. Leaf garments


321. Leaf-cup


322. Leather


323. Leaves


324. Leopard


325. Leprosy


326. Lime fruit


327. Lingadar bottles evil spirits


328. Lingam.


329. Lingayat


330. Lizard


331. Looking-glass (mirror)


332. Loris


333. Love philtre


334. Madiga


335. Magicians pretend to cure disease


336. Magnesite


337. Mahseer


338. Mala


339. Malai Vellala


340. Malaiali


341. Malayan


342. Mammals


343. Mandula


344. Mango


345. Mannarsala


346. Mantram


347. Mantrasara


348. Mappillaiii


349. Maravan


350. Mariamma


351. Markandeya


352. Marks


353. Marriage of bachelor after death


354. Marriage pots


355. Matangi


356. Meals


357. Melkote temple


358. Menstruation


359. Mercury cups


360. Meriah sacrifice


361. Metal bowls


362. Metal votive


363. Milk


364. Milk-hedge (Euphorbia Tirucalli)


365. Mimusops hexandra


366. Minige (Argyreia) in Badaga ceremony


367. miracles


368. Mohwa or ippa (Bassia)


369. Mondi mendicant


370. Monkey


371. Monster


372. Months


373. Moon


374. Moon-shaped amulets


375. Morning


376. Mosque at Manarghat


377. Mosquito


378. Mouse


379. Mouth-lock


380. Muduvar


381. Muhammadan


382. Mungoose


383. Muni or Munisvara


384. Munro


385. Murrel (Ophiocephalus)


386. Museum


387. Musk in agricultural ceremony


388. Mustard in evil eye ceremony


389. Nagarapanchami


390. Nail-cuttings burnt against evil eye


391. Nalke devil-dancer


392. Nambiathy priest at snake shrine


393. Names


394. Nandi (sacred bull)


395. Nattukottai Chetti


396. Nayadi


397. NayarIII


398. Netra mangalya


399. Nim or margosa (Melia Azadirachta)


400. Nobili


401. Nudity


402. Nukalamma


403. Numbers


404. Odde


405. Odi cult


406. Odina Wodier


407. Odiyan


408. Offspring


409. Oil


410. Oleander (Nerium)


411. Omens


412. Ordeal


413. Ordure


414. Owl


415. painted


416. Palivan


417. Pallan


418. Palli


419. Palm - leaf book


420. Palmyra palm


421. Palni shrine


422. Pampanmekkat (snake guardian)


423. Panan


424. Panchagavyam


425. Panchamritham


426. Pandanus fascicularis


427. Pandavas


428. Pandu kuli supposed to contain


429. Paniyan


430. Pano


431. Paraiyan


432. Paraiyan (Pariah) Malayalam


433. Parasurama


434. Parava devil-dancer


435. Parivaram


436. Partridge


437. Pavai (sorcery effigy)


438. Peacock


439. Pepper in magic ceremony


440. Periyapalayam


441. Phaseolus Alungo


442. Pig


443. Pigeon


444. Pipal (Ficus religiosa)


445. Placenta


446. Plague-


447. Plantain


448. Plunibago zeylanica


449. Pollution and purification


450. Pompada devil-dancer


451. Pongal festival


452. Porcupine


453. Portuguese


454. Possession of men by gods


455. Pot broken at boundary


456. Prayogasara


457. Pregnancy


458. Pregnant corpses exposed in jungle


459. Prehistoric stone cells offered at shrines


460. Priapi to ward off evil eye


461. Prophecy


462. Puberty


463. Pulaya


464. Pulluvan


465. Pumpkin


466. Puri


467. Quail


468. Quivering of animals


469. Ragi (Eleusine Coracana)


470. Rags tied to bushes and trees


471. Rahu


472. Rain caused by monsters in the air


473. Rama


474. Rama tanka


475. Ramanuja


476. Rat-snake (Zamenis)


477. Red Sanders (Pterocarpus santalinus)


478. Reptiles


479. Rice


480. Rice at agricultural ceremonies


481. Right and left hand factions


482. Rings worn as amulets


483. Roller or blue jay-


484. Russell's viper


485. Sacrifice


486. Sahavasi


487. Sakti


488. Sakuna Pakshi


489. Salagrama stone


490. Saliva


491. Salt


492. Sandal (Santalum)


493. Sandals offered to deity


494. Sand-snake (Eryx Johnii)


495. Sanyasi


496. Sarasvati


497. Savara


498. Scorpion


499. season


500. Sedan


501. Sembadavan


502. Servile classes


503. Setaria italica (tenai)


504. Seven


505. Shadow of European thrown on a feast


506. Shanan


507. Shark-charmer


508. Sheep sacrifice


509. Shoe-leather


510. Shoes in lying-in chamber


511. Sickle


512. Sin


513. Siva


514. Skewer through cheeks and tongue


515. Skull human used in sorcery


516. Sleep


517. Slippers


518. Smallpox


519. Smasanakollai festival


520. Snake


521. Snake charmers


522. Snake wood tree


523. Snake-bite


524. Snakes


525. Sneezing


526. Sonaga


527. Sparrow-


528. Spider


529. Spitting


530. Square


531. Squirrel


532. Sradh (anniversary ceremony for dead)


533. Sravana Belgola


534. Srinivasa fish


535. Sterility


536. Stone


537. Stones piled up as vow


538. Strangers


539. Stryichnos Nux-vomica


540. Sugar


541. Sukra


542. Sun


543. Superstitions


544. Suttee


545. Sword balanced on pot


546. Syphilis


547. Tali


548. Tamarind


549. Teeth


550. Telli


551. Temple car-festival


552. Terminalia tomentosa


553. Teyyambadi


554. Thanda Pulayan


555. Thelyphonus (whip-scorpion)


556. Thorns fixed to door


557. Thread


558. Thulabharam ceremony


559. Thunder


560. Tiger


561. Tipu Sultan


562. Tirupati (Tirumala)


563. Tiyan-


564. Toad


565. Tobacco


566. Toda


567. Toddy


568. Torch


569. Tortoise


570. Tottiyan


571. Treading on charm


572. Treasure


573. Tree of testimony as charm


574. Tree-snake


575. Trisula (Siva's trident)


576. Tud (Meliosma pungens) in Badaga


577. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)


578. Turban


579. Turmeric


580. Twins


581. Umbilical cord-


582. Umbrella


583. Uncle


584. Urali


585. Urine of animals as omen


586. Vada


587. Valaiyan


588. Valluvan magician


589. Valmiki


590. Varuna


591. Varuna japam


592. Velama


593. Velichchapad


594. Vellalan


595. vendors


596. Venus


597. Vettiyan grave-digger


598. Vettuvan


599. Vigna Catiajig seeds as omens


600. Viramushti


601. Virgin and Child


602. Vishnupad (feet of Vishnu)


603. Vishu festival


604. Vontigadu ceremony


605. Vow of silence


606. Vulture


607. Washing of feet


608. Water poured on footsteps


609. Water-snake


610. Wave offering


611. White-ant


612. Whooping-cough caused by Bhairava


613. Widow


614. Winnowing basket


615. Wolf


616. Wooden figures carved at Tirupati


617. Woodpecker


618. Wool of black sheep


619. Words


620. Yanadi


621. Yantram-


622. Yantrasara


623. Yerakamma


624. Yerukala


625. Yerukala.


626. Yetah fish (Bagaritts)


627. Yogi

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