The Madras Presidency; With Mysore, Coorg and the Associated States

The Madras Presidency; With Mysore, Coorg and the Associated States

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...enclosure with a few rough stones in the centre, and often there is no shrine at all; but still, when calamity overtakes the village, when pestilence or famine, or cattle disease, make their appearance, it is to the village deity that the whole body of villagers turn for protection. Siva and Vishnu may be more dignified beings, but the village deity is regarded as a more present help in trouble, and is more intimately concerned with the happiness and prosperity of the villagers." The Muhammadan community has been divided into: (a) those who are immigrants from other provinces and countries, and pure-blooded descendants of such immigrants; (d) those who are the offspring of immigrant men by Hindu women of the south; (c) those who are fullblooded natives of the south, who have been converted to Islam. Included among the Muhammadans are the Labbais and Marakkayars of the east coast, and Mappillas (Moplahs) of the west coast, many of whom are prosperous traders and boat-owners; the Dudekula cotton-cleaners of the Telugu country; and the Dayare Muhammadans of Mysore, who differ from orthodox Muhammadans on a point of belief concerning the advent of Imam Mahadi. The Dudekulas are said to have adopted or retained many of the customs of the Hindus, tying a tali on the bride's neck at weddings, dressing like Hindus, and giving their children names with Hindu terminations, e.g. Hussainappa or Roshamma. The White and Black Jews, as they are commonly called, are settled in Jew's Town at Mattancheri, adjoining the British quarter of Cochin. It has been said that, passing through a native bazar crowded with dark-skinned Malayalis, one turns off abruptly into a long, narrow street, where faces as white as those of any northern European race, but Semitic in...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236617665
  • 9781236617668