Asiatick Researches, Or, Transactions of the Society Instituted in Bengal, for Inquiring Into the History and Antiquities, the Arts, Sciences, and Literature of Asia Volume 8

Asiatick Researches, Or, Transactions of the Society Instituted in Bengal, for Inquiring Into the History and Antiquities, the Arts, Sciences, and Literature of Asia Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ... PRIYAVRATTA, -the eldest son of SWAYAMBHUVA, or ADAM, in his old age, and previous to his withdrawing into solitude; He had ten sons, and it was his intention to divide the whole Earth between them equally: but three of them renounced the world: their names were Manna', Aoxrnnu, and MINA, or Mirna. In the same manner NEPTUNE divided the Atlantis 4 between his ten sons: one of them had Gades, at the extremity of the Atlantis to his share. The Atlantis was probably the old continent, at the ex tremityof which is Gades. This island or conti-' nent is supported by VARA'HA on one tusk accord ing to the Pauranics: but according to mytholo 'er gist, in the West, ' ATLAS supported the heavens, though, he is said some times to support the world. The Musulmaizs say that the Earth is supported on the horns of a bull. This Atlantis was overwhelmed withta flood likewise; and it seems that " by the Atlantis, we should understand the antediluvian Earth, over which ten princes were born to rule, according to the mythology of the West: but seven of them only sate upon the throne, ac. cording to the Paurchticrs. The names of these "-islands are Jambu proper or India, Cus'a, Placsha, Szilmali or 'Salmala, Crauncha or Croun'da 'Saca and Pushcara. These dwipas, or countries, give their names to so many respective zones round Meru, which is the name the Pauren'ics give also to the Poles. If we disregard entirely the diagrams, or fanciful schemes, of the astronomers, and adhere to the text of the Puran'as, we shall immediately perceive that these seven zones are really our seven climates: for Jambu, or India, is the first, and Push-cara is declared to be at the furthest extremities...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236984951
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