Old Deccan Days: Or, Hindoo Fairy Legends, Current in Southern India

Old Deccan Days: Or, Hindoo Fairy Legends, Current in Southern India

by Mary Frere
     
 

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First published in 1868, this volume contains a collection of twenty-four traditional stories from the southern Indian state of Maharashtra. Mary Eliza Isabella Frere (1845–1911) travelled to India in 1863 to stay with her father, Sir Bartle Frere, the Governor of Bombay. She became fascinated with Indian culture and transcribed these stories from her ayah

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First published in 1868, this volume contains a collection of twenty-four traditional stories from the southern Indian state of Maharashtra. Mary Eliza Isabella Frere (1845–1911) travelled to India in 1863 to stay with her father, Sir Bartle Frere, the Governor of Bombay. She became fascinated with Indian culture and transcribed these stories from her ayah (nanny and chaperone) Anna Liberata da Souza who had been told them by her grandmother. Expressive and detailed, these stories formed part of southern India's traditional oral culture, at risk of being lost. This volume includes an introduction by Sir Bartle Frere exploring the cultural background to the stories and a chapter by Anna Liberata da Souza describing her life and childhood. This volume was extremely popular, being reprinted in four editions by 1889 and encouraging the study of comparative mythology while revealing new information concerning Indian traditional culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108020770
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/23/2010
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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