Medical Missions; Their Place and Power

Medical Missions; Their Place and Power

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...sacred Vedas for the assistance of Pattera-Kalee and Veerapatteram, and delivered them into their hands along with a trident, Siva's emblem and instrument of destruction, directing them to make war with Taradan. They executed their commissions so promptly and effectually, that Siva's enemy was destroyed, to his great delight. Siva was so pleased with their success that he endowed them with unlimited power to inflict all manner of disease, and to kill all on earth who opposed them, or neglected to offer sacrifices at their altars. The consequence was, that many were killed, or grievously afflicted with terrible diseases. This produced great consternation, and led the people to inquire of the priests as to the origin, and the means to be adopted for the removal of these calamities, and they informed them, that although Siva had given the demons the dreadful power which they were exercising, still they might be propitiated if they would offer sacrifices at their shrines; festivals were accordingly established, at which bloody sacrifices of sheep, goats, and fowls, with plantains, flowers, and incense, were to be offered, and those who joined in these, and similar ceremonies, were promised protection or deliverance if afflicted with disease. We have been present on several occasions, and the scenes we witnessed were sickening and humiliating beyond description. At the Mundycadu festival, thousands from all parts of Travancore and Tinnevelly assembled to fulfil the vows they had made in time of sickness. Outside of the pagoda a large quantity of cocoanuts and other offerings is piled up; also a heterogeneous heap of wooden hands, arms, legs, and feet, offered by those who have been restored from some injury or disease in those members; rich...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615093
  • 9781236615091