[INDOLOGY] Women marrying a calf

Jean-Luc Chevillard jean-luc.chevillard at univ-paris-diderot.fr
Fri May 29 03:10:23 EDT 2020


> (sacrifice her? Note the 
>> red walls, red being the colour of the clothes a convict  is made 
>> to wear on the way to place of execution, and sand to absorb the blood)


Dear Herman,

are you seriously stating, on the basis of your studying the Kalittokai, 
that the sacrifice of a female buffalo (எருமைப் பெடை [erumaip peṭai]) is 
part of some Tamil marriage rituals in the mullai region?

-- Jean-Luc (in Müssen)

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On 28/05/2020 10:53, Tieken, H.J.H. via INDOLOGY wrote:
> I have checked the Kalittokai passage referred to by V.S. Rajam. As I 
> see it, the woman does not marry the female buffalo. Apparently, as part 
> of the preparations for the wedding, the bride's family scatters sand on 
> the floor (of the courtyard of their house) and paints the walls red. 
> After that they worship "with a female buffalo" (sacrifice her? Note the 
> red walls, red being the colour of the clothes a convict  is made 
> to wear on the way to place of execution, and sand to absorb the blood). 
> All this will be in vain, as the girl is in love with someone else and 
> is not prepared to marry with a man she does not love. This is, at 
> least, the message she wants a friend to pass on to the man she loves in 
> a desperate attempt to incite him to come and claim her.
> 
> Herman
> 




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