The Children of India, Written for the Children of England by One of Their Friends (A.W. Marston)

The Children of India, Written for the Children of England by One of Their Friends (A.W. Marston)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...she went on dancing as hard as ever, and happened by chance to step on Siva's breast, and The Goddess Kali. then his body moved. Kali looked down to see what live man there was left near her, and then she discovered she was trampling on her husband. This made her feel so ashamed of herself that she stopped dancing, and put out her tongue (Hindus put out their tongues when they are very much shocked at anything), and that is the reason why, in her pictures and images, her tongue is always hanging down. Her images are as ugly and terrifying as they can possibly be made, so as to frighten the people, and make them worship her from fear. For many days before the Kali pujah the women arc very busy making curry and sweets, and the men have plenty to do; for the large court, which is to be found in every Hindu gentleman's house, has to be well cleaned and whitewashed and roofed' with canvas, so that it may make a room large enough to hold all the people that want to gather together to worship. New images of Kali are made every year in time for the pujah. First a skeleton is made of wood, then it is covered with straw and plastered with Ganges mud (if the Ganges is near enough), and last of all painted and put in the temple belonging to each large house. The pujah itself takes place in the night. An immense quantity of sweets and fruit is offered to the goddess, and the people have plenty of feasting themselves. Although this pujah lasts only one night, there are as many animals offered in sacrifice as at the time of the Durjah pujah. The Brahmins do not refuse, at such seasons as these, to eat goats an d sheep, after they have been offered in sacrifice to Kali or Durjah, though they would think it very wicked to eat them at any other time. In the...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236598229
  • 9781236598226