The Strangled Traveler: Colonial Imaginings and the Thugs of India

By: Martine van Woerkens

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British colonists in 1830s India lived in terror of the Thugs. Reputed to be brutal criminals, the Thugs supposedly strangled, beheaded, and robbed thousands of travelers in the goddess Kali's name. The British responded with equally brutal repression of the Thugs and developed a compulsive fascination with tales of their monstrous deeds.Did the Thugs really exist, or did the British invent them as an excuse to seize tighter control of India? Drawing on historical and anthropological accounts, Indian tales and sacred texts, and detailed analyses of the secret Thug language, Martine van Woerkens reveals for the first time the real story of the Thugs. Many different groups of Thugs actually did exist over the centuries, but the monsters the British made of them had much more to do with colonial imaginings of India than with the real Thugs. Tracing these imaginings down to the present, van Woerkens reveals the ongoing roles of the Thugs in fiction and film from Frankenstein to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Printed Pages: 375.

Title: The Strangled Traveler: Colonial Imaginings and the Thugs of India

Author Name: Martine van Woerkens

Categories: India, Fiction,

Publisher: London, The University of Chicago Press:

ISBN: 0226850862

ISBN 13: 9780226850863

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Fine

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 113622

Keywords: The Strangled Traveler: Colonial Imaginings and the Thugs of IndiaMartine Van Woerkens