- Paul Olaf Bodding
Paul Olaf Bodding (*
Gjøvik, Norwayon 2nd November 1865, † Odense, Denmarkon 25th September 1938) was a Norwegian missionary, linguist and folklorist. He served in Indiafor 44 years (1889-1933), and operated mainly from the town Dumkain the Santhal Parganas-district. The reverend Bodding created the first alphabet and a grammar for the Santali-speaking native people in eastern India. In 1914 he also completed the translation of the Bibleinto Santali language.
Paul Olaf Bodding had studied theology at the university of
Oslo. He was a celebrated scientist, and he is still well known among the santalsliving in the states of Jharkand, Biharand Assamas well as in Bangladeshand the Scandinavian countries.
Bodding was the son of a bookseller, and he first met the founder of The Indian Home Mission to the Santals (later developed to the NELC),
Lars Olsen Skrefsrud, in his fathers bookshop in Gjøvik. Skrefsrud was born just outside the neighbouring town Lillehammer, in Oppland, Norway.
Bodding was also involuntarily involved in a personal scandal, as his second wife, a Danish missionary-daughter, ran away with an Indian
muslim(according to Olav Hodne - in his book "Oppreisning" (2006)).
At the front of Gjøvik church (in Norway) a monument is erected for Bodding.
The main picture shows Bodding in Benagaria, India.
* Materials for a Santali Grammar I, Dumka 1922
* A Chapter of Santal Folklore, Oslo 1924
* Santal Folk Tales (3 volumes), 1925-29
* Studies in Santal Medicine and Connected Folklore (3 volumes), 1925-40
* A Santal Dictionary (5 volumes), 1933-36
* Santal Riddles and Witchcraft among the Santals, 1940
Cecil Henry Bompas published "Folklore of the Santal Parganas". London: D. Nutt, 1909, compiled from stories collected by P. O. Bodding.
* [http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/b/bodding_p_o.shtml BODDING, Paul Olaf ] at www.bautz.de
* [http://www.lcms.org/ca/www/cyclopedia/02/display.asp?t1=b&word=BODDING.PAULOLAF The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod - Christian Cyclopedia ] at www.lcms.org
Olav Hodne"Oppreisning", a biography on Bodding, published by Luther forlag, Oslo, November 2006 ("in Norwegian")
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