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Lacey, Charles
Index to the mythological box of Hindoo paintings
[Odisha, India: ca. 1840]. 4to, manuscript text, pp. [8], 165, [1]; half calf over marbled boards, red morocco label on upper cover, gilt title on spine; small oil spot on title page, fine. A manuscript index, intended to accompany images collected into a "mythological box" which was then sent to friends in Europe for their education and entertainment. The introductory apology states: "It was thought that without some explanation, the figures of the Hindoo deities would afford little either amusement or information." He goes on to explain why one should take interest in "monstrous fiction," saying that to millions of people the myths are true, and that sympathy for this mindset would better help the missionary do his work. Following this are descriptions of 48 images distributed across 12 boards, which comprise the contents of the said box. The descriptions are quite thorough, and cover the general concept of the image (usually a god), its history or origin, practices associated with them and so on. The entry on Kallee (Kali), for example, describes her relationship with other gods, her domains of influence, some important stories involving her, who worships her and how, and even includes a hymn that Lacey claims is sung by human sacrifices "just before they are murdered." Other entries are similarly negative, and some make mention of local events. Charles Lacey spent the majority of his life doing missionary work in Orissa (Odisha). He arrived in India at the age of 24, and passed away of illness at the age of 54. During his time in Orissa he became notably fluent in the l … [Click Below for Full Description]
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