Crooke, William (MS 135)

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Cults of Mother Goddess: [notes for a lecture] [and] Correspondence concerning cow worship and cattle veneration.

Various papers. Various sizes.


Presented by Mr J.E. Crooke, 11 March 1955.

/1 The cults of the Mother Goddesses in India: [lecture]; W. Crooke. 15 leaves. 1 slip attached to leaf 1, 1 slip attached to leaf 3. References on reverse of leaves 4, 13-16. 22.5 x 14 cm (leaves 1-2); 23.5 x 20 cm (leaf 3); 28 x 14.5 cm (leaf 4); 25.5 x 16 cm (leaf 5); 26.5 x 21 cm (leaf 6); 24.5 x 15.5 cm (leaf 7); 25 x 16 cm (leaf 8); 30 x 20.5 cm (leaf 9); 26.5 x 21 cm (leaf 10); 23.5 x 19 cm (leaves 11-4); 13 x 10.5 cm (leaf 15)

[Cataloguer’s note: The pages were disordered and this may not be the original order].

/2 ‘Behind many of the divine manifestations in the Minoan and early Greek allegories? stands the figure of a Great Mother…’ 13 leaves, numbered 1-7, 7a, 8-9, 9a, 10-11. References on the reverse of each leaf. 23.5 x 19 cm. (leaves 1-11); 20.5 x 14 cm (leaf 7a); 27.5 x 21.5 cm (leaf 9a)

/3 Indian parallel in Egypt: [list of quotes]. 1 p. 34 x 21 cm

/4 C.M. Rhys Davids to W. Crooke, 29 Dec. 1910 – writes on behalf of husband who is ill with malaria and thanks for paper and letter; no evidence of cow reverence by Buddhists or Brahmins; gives quotes showing cow held in utilitarian affection only; Buddhists and Jains not averse to slaying of cattle. 3 pp. 17.5 x 11.5 cm

/5 I. Kennelly to W. Crooke, 4 Feb. 1911 – has been unwell; congratulates WC on Presidency of Folklore Society; bull sacred in many lands but not Vedic; importance of cattle in Central Asia; ascribes sacredness of cow to Brahmans of Aryervarta; quotes various references to cows and Brahmans; worship of innocent cow later era than earlier worship of terrible creatures and arose with pilgrimage to holy places when modern Hinduism arose; wants to attend WC lecture on cow worship and sanctity of the cow. 12 pp. 18 x 11.5 cm

/6 C.W. Hobley to W. Crooke, 14 Sept. 1911 – role of cattle in lives of Kikuyu, Kamba, Masai, Nandi, Galla and Bantu; only Masai exhibit love of cattle; would like to read CW paper. 4 pp. 18 x 11.5 cm