Sunday, February 12, 2012
Long: Eastern Proverbs and Emblems
Eastern Proverbs and Emblems by James Long (1881)
As the introduction to this unusual and fascinating book explains, "This work, begun a quarter of a century ago in the jungles of India for the instruction of peasants and women, is designed to afford some help to the following classes: Orientalists, Lovers of Folk-Lore, Teachers, and Preachers." The original languages are not provided, but only the English translation - and each one is accompanied by a brief essay in English. At the end of each essay there is a list of comparative proverbs from different traditions, mostly Eastern but sometimes with European parallels.