[INDOLOGY] a woman marrying a calf

rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Wed May 27 16:38:54 EDT 2020


Dear Professor Tieken,

/// a story (with versions in Chinese and Japanese), in which a princess marries a calf (young cow). /// 

There is a reference in one of the Old Tamil / Sangam Tamil poems, Kalittokai (கலித்தொகை), about a buffalo (எருமைப் பெடை) and a woman’s wedding. Please take a deep look at kalittokai 114:12-14.

I think it was symbolic in some cultures to have some sort of ritual like this — to involve a bovine as a part of a wedding ceremony.

Since I’m not a socio-anthro specialist, I leave it up to you to figure out what the kalittokai poem refers to. I don’t have my reference books any more, so I couldn’t delve deep into any analysis.

Thanks and regards,
rajam



> On May 27, 2020, at 12:02 PM, Jonathan Silk via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> 
> One might see: https://www.academia.edu/11037037/Stith_Thompson_Motif_Index_Of_Folk_Literature_Revised_And_Enlarged_Version <https://www.academia.edu/11037037/Stith_Thompson_Motif_Index_Of_Folk_Literature_Revised_And_Enlarged_Version>
> 
> But perhaps what was rather in mind was The Oral Tales of India, by Stith Thompson and Jonas Balys?
> This seems to be freely available here https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.32106000768348&view=1up&seq=19 <https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.32106000768348&view=1up&seq=19>
> 
> Jonathan
> 
> On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 5:15 PM Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
> 
> Stith Thompson's
> Motif-Index of Folk-Literature:
> 
> 
> https://archive.org/details/Thompson2016MotifIndex <https://archive.org/details/Thompson2016MotifIndex>
> 
> Best
> 
> 
> Heiner
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> 
> 
> 
> Am 27.05.2020 um 16:02 schrieb Tieken, H.J.H. via INDOLOGY:
>> Dear members of this list,
>> 
>> A friend of mine, a sinologist, is working on a story (with versions in Chinese and Japanese), in which a princess marries a calf (young cow). The editor of the Chinese version writes that this is a common theme in South Asian story literature, but my friend has so far been to find any references to it. He checked Cowley's collection of jātaka stories and Laurits Bodker's on Indian animal stories.
>> 
>> I myself am unable to help him either. For one thing, the name of the author of the index on motifs in Indian literature does not occur to me (Thomson?). I hope the motif rings a bell with someone on this list.
>> 
>> With kind regards, Herman
>> 
>> 
>> Herman Tieken
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