Contents: Vol. I. Preface. 1. Racial history. 2. The cultural geography of Mysore. 3. Caste. 4. Population. 5. Marriage and family. 6. Marriage and family (contd.). 7. Totemism. 8. Magic. 9. Animism. 10. Religion. 11. Religion (contd.) : festivals and fasts. 12. Funeral customs. 13. Occupation. 14. Village community in Mysore. 15. Evolution of taste in dress and ornaments. 16. Food, games and dancing. Appendix: Criminal tribes.
Vol. II. 1. Agasa (washerman); (Agasa Lingayat). 2. Aradhya (Brahman). 3. Arasu (Kshatriya). 4. Are (cultivator). 5. Bairagi (mendicant). 6. Bakkaru (cultivator). 7. Banajiga, Telugu (trader); Banajiga Canarese. 8. Banjara (pack-carrier). 9. Beda (hunter). 10. Besta (fisherman). 11. Bhatrazu (bard and genealogist). 12. Bili Magga (weaver). 13. Billava (toddy-drawer, priest). 14. Brahman (Smarta); Brahman (Sri-Vaishnava); Brahman (Madhva); Brahman (Tulu Brahman). 15. Budubudukki (a low class of beggars and foretellers).
Vol. III. 1. Indian Christian (Roman Catholics). 2. Indian Christian (Protestant). 3. Darzi (tailor). 4. Dasari (religious mendicant). 5. Devanga (weaver). 6. Dombar (acrobat). 7. Gangadikara Okkalu (cultivator). 8. Ganiga (oil presser). 9. Golla (herdsman). 10. Kadu Golla (herdsman, a forest tribe). 11. Gondhali (religious mendicant). 12. Goniga (gunny bag weaver). 13. Gosayi (religious mendicant). 14. Gudikara (sandalwood carver). 15. Hallikar or Hallikar Okkaligas (cultivator). 16. Hale Paika (palm tapper). 17. Hasalar (forest tribe). 18. Helava (low class, mendicant). 19. Holeya (labourer). 20. Idiga (toddy-drawer). 21. Iraliga or Iruliga (dark man). 22. Jain (reformed Hindu sect). 23. Jambava (a Holeya priest). 24. Jangala (low caste). 25. Jetti (wrestler). 26. Jingar (chitragar of painter craftsman). 27. Handi Jogi (a vagrant mendicant). 28. Kahar (palanquin bearer and household servant). 29. Kare Okkalu (labourer in betel nut gardens). 30. Kacha Gauliga (buffalo herdsman). 31. Gauliga (herdsman). 32. Killekyata (river fisherman). 33. Komati (merchant and shop-keeper). 34. Koracha (carrier and wandering criminal).
Vol. IV. 1. Kotte Okkalu (agriculturist). 2. Kumbara (potter). 3. Kunchitiga (agriculturist and trader). 4. Kuruba (a pastoral tribe of shepherds). 5. Kadu Kuruba (a wild tribe). 6. Ladar (trader in horses and merchant). 7. Lingayat (Virasaiva). 8. Madiga (barbarian). 9. Mahratta (soldier, cultivator and service). 10. Mailari (mendicant). 11. Maleru (an out-caste Brahmin community). 12. Maleru (a wild tribe). 13. Mallava (a Lingayat sub-caste). 14. Medar (basket-maker). 15. Mochi (leather-worker). 16. Modaliyar (agricultural caste of the Tamil districts). 17. Mondaru (mendicant). 18. Morasu Okkalu (agriculturist). 19. Musalman. 20. Nadu Gauda (agriculturist). 21. Nagartha (trader). 22. Nattuvan (dancer). 23. Nayinda (barber). 24. Panchala (artisan). 25. Parivar (agriculturist and fisherman). 26. Patnulkaran (silk and velvet weaver). 27. Patvegar (weaver). 28. Rachewar (Rajavar) (Kshatriya). 29. Reddi (Telugu agriculturist). 30. Sadaru (agriculturist, trader). 31. Salahuva Vakkalu (iron miners). 32. Sale (weaver). 33. Sanyasi (a tribe of mendicants). 34. Satani (a caste of temple servants). 35. Sholiga (wild tribe). 36. Sudugadu Siddha (a tribe of mendicants). 37. Thammadi (A caste of temple servants, pujaris). 38. Tigala (a tribe of kitchen and flower gardeners). 39. Togata (weaver of coarse cloths). 40. Torea (fisherman and palanquin bearer). 41. Uppara (worker in salt pan). 42. Vader (priests and Jangams of the Lingayat community). 43. Vodda (earth digger).
Vol. V. 1. Subject-index and glossary of vernacular terms. 2. Names of endogamous groups. 3. Abbreviations of the names of the tribes and castes. 4. Names of exogamous clans. 5. Bibliography.
"To the student of ethnography and evolution of culture, Mysore unfolds a region of extraordinary and absorbing interest. Though from very early times the social life in the area remained exposed to a variety of effects and influences, it has succeeded in maintaining an individuality of its own.
The present study attempts a comprehensive survey of the customs and manners of the many tribes and castes inhabiting this ethnographically significant area. The survey covers more than 100 groups of castes and tribes and contains over 250 illustrations.
The first volume in the series is more than an introduction to the descriptive volumes that follow: its extended scope renders it a volume on the ethnography of South India with special reference to the then Mysore state.
The method of treatment is encyclopaedic which has the decided advantage that the reader gets all available information pertaining to any particular tribe or caste at one place.
The Mysore Tribes and Castes has remained a classic ever since its first publication nearly half a century ago. The impressive reprint, brought out in response to wide popular demand, will be of immense value to scholars and students of anthropology, ethnography, history and sociology." (jacket)