[INDOLOGY] Women marrying a calf
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)
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)
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.
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