Alf Hiltebeitel beitel at GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU
Mon May 17 14:03:05 UTC 1999

Up to date and very good on the Thugs is Martine von Woerkens, Le
voyagerur e'trangle': L'Inde des Thugs, Le colonialisme et l'imaginaire.
Paris, ca 1995 (don't have the publisher handy).

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On Mon, 17 May 1999, Graefe wrote:

> Dear indologist,
> I have just read "Thug or a Million Murders" (published in the twenties) by
> James Sleeman, grandson of the 19th century suppressor of thuggee Sir William
> Henry Sleeman.
> I got interested in the subject, especially since the book gave rise to numerous
> questions as: Why were there Mohammedian thugs? Of which exact origin is the
> thug goddess Bhovani? Did thugee really become extinct? Why did the British take
> so much pains to hunt the thugs down, when they allegedly did not attack
> foreigners? And many more.
> I wonder whether there is any recent (Indian or other) research on the subject -
> ethnological, anthropological, theological or literary (which is an interesting
> point as well)? Does anyone know?
> Many thanks in advance - Ursula Graefe

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