By William Ward

ISBN-10: 0511706871

ISBN-13: 9780511706875

William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal used to be first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd variation in 1817. It used to be an exceptionally influential paintings that formed British perspectives of the newly outlined entity of 'Hinduism' within the early 19th century. Ward and his fellow missionaries promoted social reforms and schooling, developing the Serampore challenge Press in 1800 and Serampore collage in 1818. Ward committed 20 years to compiling his research of Hindu literature, historical past, mythology and faith, which used to be ultimately released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly distinctive info, and used to be considered as authoritative for the following fifty years. it really is as a result nonetheless a tremendous resource for researchers in parts together with Indian historical past, British colonialism, Orientalism and non secular stories. quantity 2 makes a speciality of locations of worship, ritual practices, and ideology approximately demise and reincarnation.

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It is currently reported, that at this place human victims are occasionally offered, as decapitated bodies are found there. Ramt'. -nat'hu-Vachusputee, the second Sungs1nitu pun­ 1 dit in t11 e College of Fort-William, once assured me, that about the year 1770, at the village of Soom ura, near Goop­ placed on it, tipara, he saw the head of a man, with a lamp lying in a temple before the image of the goddess Siddh�sh­ wuree, and the body lying in the road opposite the temple. A �i mil ar fact is related respecti ng an image of Bhurga­ Bheema at Tumlooku, where a decapitated body w11a found.

On the entrance of the sun into a new sign at tl1e close of this month, the presenting of water, rice, &c. to bramhuns. - SECT. eremoni-es. s prescribe daily duties towards the gods, deceased ancestors, strangers, and the cow. The worship of Vishnoo, before the sbalgramu ; of Shivu, before the lingu ; of a person's guardian deity, before the halgramu s or water ; and of any image constantly preserved, is per­ formed daily. If the family of a bramhun, where such an image is s e t up, has become unclean by the death of one of its members, or by any other cause, they do not omit the dai ly worship, but invite another brmnhun to perform the ceremonies.

A �i mil ar fact is related respecti ng an image of Bhurga­ Bheema at Tumlooku, where a decapitated body w11a found. At Chit-pooru, and at Kalee-ghatU 1, near Calcutta, it is said, that human sacrifices have been occasionally offered. e-ghatu. Both lhese one of them was seen by my informant iying on the ground after the action, the blood running from bis mouth. At Jwala-mookhil, to the N. W. of Delhi, from time immemorial infalll· ated Hindoo� have cut out their tongues, and off�red them to Slltcc, whom this place is sacred, and where the tongu� of this goddess is to sup· pose

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