29/12/2011

INDIA LEGENDS FOLKLORE ART AND CULTURE: NAYADI ANCESTRAL CIRCLE in ETHNOGRAPHIC NOTES E THURSTON 1906

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ETHNOGRAPHIC NOTES

in

SOUTHERN INDIA

by

EDGAR THURSTON

MADRAS

1906

 


The Nayadis used to keep memorial monunents to deceased ancestors beneath a mango tree in a paramba (garden).

 

The Author counted forty-four stones set up in a circle round the tree.

 

One of these stones was a beli-kal (beli stone), such as is placed round the inner shrines of temples.

 

The renininder resembled survey stones, but were smaller in size.

 

The Author asked a Nayadi what the stones indicated.

 

He stated that they represented forty-four grown-up Nayadis who had left the world.

 

The stone was set up immediately after the cremation of the body.

 

During this ceremonial, solemn prayers were offered that the souls of the departed may protect them from
the ravages of wild beasts and snakes.

 


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