[INDOLOGY] a woman marrying a calf

Richard G. Salomon rsalomon at uw.edu
Wed May 27 18:26:44 EDT 2020


Then of course there is the curious term  mahiṣī for a senior queen, which
seems to resonate with Rajam's comment.

Rich Salomon


On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 1:39 PM rajam via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> 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
>
> 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
>
> Jonathan
>
> On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 5:15 PM Rolf Heinrich Koch via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>>
>> Stith Thompson's
>> Motif-Index of Folk-Literature:
>>
>>
>> https://archive.org/details/Thompson2016MotifIndex
>>
>>
>> Best
>>
>>
>> Heiner
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 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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>> 2515 BP Den Haag
>> The Netherlands
>> 00 31 (0)70 2208127
>> website: hermantieken.com
>>
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