OMAN, John Campbell. Calcutta 1841 — 31.5.1911. British Indologist and Scholar of Religion in India. Son of John O., a planter, and Maria Eweler. In 1866-77 in Indian Public Works Department. In 1877-97 Professor at Government College in Lahore, then retired. In 1898-99 Principal of Khalsa College in Amritsar. LL.D. Amateur photographer. Married 1866 Ellen Agnes Hodges, one son and one daughter.
Publications: Indian Life, religious and social. 320 p. L. 1889 (mainly on the Pañjāb); Where three creeds meet a tale of modern Indian life. 8+224 p. L. 1898.
– The Great Indian Epics: the stories of the Ramayana the Mahabharata. 1894, new ed. 10+256 p. 5 pl. L. 1898.
– The Mystics, Ascetics, and Saints of India. A Study of Sadhuism, with an account of Yogis, Sanyasis, Bairagis, and other strange Hindu Sectarians. 15+291 p. L. 1903.
– Brahmans, Theists, and Muslims of India. Studies of goddess-worship in Bengal, caste, Brahmaism and social reform, with descriptive sketches of curious festivals, ceremonies, and faquirs. 15+342 p. L. 1907.
– Cults, customs and superstitions of India; comprising studies and sketches of interesting peculiarities in the beliefs, festivals and domestic life of the Indian people; also of witchcraft and demoniacal possession, as known amongst them. 13+336 p. L. 1908.
Sources: Who Was Who 1897–1915; not in Buckland.