Man Volume 2

Man Volume 2

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...only a fraction of the entire Pan community, which numbered in the 1891 Census 341,740, nearly all in Orissa and the adjacent district of Midnapur. The evidence of the tatu-marks, as I shall show below, enables us to connect the Dombs or Dombas of Madras (74,219 in 1891) not only with the Pans of Orissa but also with the Doms of Upper India, numbering 1,257,826 and distributed as follows: --Bengal------453,359 North-West Provinces----331,242 Assam------205,053 Kashmir...--130,985 Punjab-----68,971 Central Provinces...-68,216 In the census statistics of 1891 the Doms are thrown in with the sweepers (Haris, Mehtars, Chuhras, &c.), an arrangement which obscures the essential differences between the two groups. Doms handle dead bodies freely, act as hangmen, and assist at postmortem examinations, but will have nothing to do with nightsoil. Sweepers remove nightsoil, but will not touch a corpse. Each looks down upon the degrading occupation of the other, and claims a superior status on this account. In large Indian cities both castes discharge important duties, and the sweepers in particular have flourished exceedingly since sanitation came into fashion. When plagne appeared in Calcutta in 1898, some miscreants got up a scare about inoculation and stampeded some 100,000 people within a few days. Had the sweepers joined the stampede, as they threatened to do, about 60,000 privies, which have no connection with the sewers and must be cleaned daily by hand, would have been left in statu quo, and the city would have become uninhabitable in a week. About the same time one of the Doms employed in the hospitals got pricked by a bit of bone while assisting at a plagne post mortem and died of plagne. As Doms are immune from ordinary blood poisoning, more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517164
  • 9781236517166