THE SUN AND THE SERPENT
This work, which is based upon papers read before the Royal Asiatic Society in 1901, was, at first, intended to refer only to Indian Serpent-worship. It was soon found, however, that the Serpent-worship of India did not originate in that country, but was, in fact, a branch of the worship of the Sun and the Serpent, which was once well-nigh universal. It became evident, therefore, that a history of the Indian cult would go far to explain the nature and origin of serpent-worship, in other countries and in other times.
It will be seen that some of the views, expressed in this volume, differ from those which have been held by some Oriental scholars of great eminence. These views, however, have not been put forward without due consideration. They are the result of much reflection, observation, and inquiry, combined with a careful study of local tradition and folk-lore.
SACRED TALES OF INDIA
During the great pujahs which consume so much of our means, women are left in the background. Their special province is these ceremonies, Vratas, as they are called. Each has a Katha or tale tacked on to it, which is piously recited by the most elderly of the assembled female worshippers. Each story is illustrative of the might and glory of the particular god or goddess that is being honoured and in itself forms a highly interesting part of the ceremony. Most of the tales may seem to unbelievers to be as wild and childish as nursery legends, yet they are delightful. They please less by the variation of “moving accidents” than by the homeliness of their construction. They are extremely interesting also for the light they throw on the recesses of the Indian woman’s heart.
THE JOURNAL TO STELLA
A Journal to Stella is a work by Jonathan Swift first partly published posthumously in 1766.
It consists of 65 letters to his friend, Esther Johnson, whom he called Stella and whom he may have secretly married. They were written between 1710 and 1713, from various locations in England, and though clearly intended for Stella’s eyes were sometimes addressed to her companion Rebecca Dingley.
Amongst the references to contemporaries of Dean Swift, frequent mention is made of Elizabeth Germain. There is also mention of St. George Ashe, Bishop of Clogher, an old friend who by some accounts secretly married Swift to Stella in 1716.
FOLK-TALES OF BENGAL
Folk-Tales of Bengal is a collection of folk tales and fairy tales of Bengal written by Lal Behari Day. The book was published in 1883. The illustrations by Warkwick Globle were added in 1912. All these stories were passed from generations to generations for centuries.
FRANCE IN DANGER
This book was first published in France in October, 1913, which makes the warnings and the forecast contained in it all the more remarkable.
“The shock of the Agadir coup brought France with one bound to her feet. Those who observed her from without seemed no less surprised than those who thought they understood her well because it had fallen to their lot to govern her.”
“From that moment a change came over the country; the order of interests in the public mind was suddenly reversed: questions of internal politics, which had satisfied the popular appetite since the defeat of 1870, were now relegated to the second rank, and national sentiment demanded that the first place should be given to measures dealing with the standing menace from without and the necessity of confronting it with honour.”