The Civilization of India Under the Hindoos and Mahomedans

The Civilization of India Under the Hindoos and Mahomedans

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...without repugnance as food many of the gifts of nature, which elsewhere excite only curiosity or disgust. It may be a question whether the appetite that rejects with loathing the flesh of a cat or a rat, and luxuriates on that of other animals infinitely more uncleanly in their habits, is not guided more by prejudice than reason; but still this philosophical taste of the Chinese, when taken in conjunction with their general preference for the fiavour which attends decomposition and decay, would seem to indicate some peculiarity in their organization. At any rate the fact is important, as extending to its utmost limit of elasticity the line with which nature confines the movement of population; and it will account for that outburst of colonization, in defiance of the laws of the empire, which has been already pointed out as so well calculated to excite interest and expectation. In a country so well cleared as China, the larger carnivorous quadrupeds are, of course, not common; but the Bengal tiger still exists in the forests of the southwest, and its gall and bones are said to be used by military ofiicers as a medicine for inspiring courage. Panthers and bears--the paws of the latter affording a luxury for the table--are occasionally found, and deer are common to the north of the Great Wall. The wild ass haunts the cold and dreary wastes towards the Russian frontier, and presents the same solitary and untameable spirit as amidst the burning marshes of western India. Monkeys and wild cats are found in the south, and the latter are considered game, and fattened as a more than ordinary delicacy for the table. The domestic animals are--the dromedary in'Tartary; the deer, used for the purpose of ornament; a horse, little larger than a Shetland...
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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679740X
  • 9781236797407