My Year in an Indian Fort Volume 1

My Year in an Indian Fort Volume 1

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...of a coveted insect, it will, in order to induce the pursuer to relinquish the chase, follow it, uttering the cry of some common enemy, for it is an excellent imitator. Rows of the Drougo Shrihe are to be seen at sunset perching upon the telegraph wires, uttering shrill shrieks. Among the birds which circled over our heads was the sparrow-hawk, much valued in days of a hawk, a gull, or a kite, settles upon his house, some dire calamity is impending, which he can only avert by giving the value of the house to the Brahmans, or by making a peace-offering of the most extraordinary nature (see Ward's "View," &c, p. 160), after which the sacrificial fees (the essential part of the ceremony) are paid to the priests, and peace is restored to the dwelling. See Jerdon's "Birds of India," vol. i. VOL. II. M yore, when falconry was a favourite sport with the Mahrattas. Although it is not now pursued in this part of the Deccan, it is kept up with vigour in other places, and many remember the day when the peasant went about with a bird upon his hand, ready to let slip at a partridge, a quail, or a parrakeet. Some hawks are caught in an ingenious but very cruel manner. A stick, about a foot in length, is thickly daubed with bird-lime, and some small bird--generally a dove--is tied to its centre. When the hawk is seen, the unhappy captive, which has its eyes sewed up to make it soar, is let loose. The enemy pounces upon it; its wings strike the limed twig, and it falls to the ground. Some Hindoos believe Garuda, the steed of Vishnu, to be the sparrow-hawk. Garuda waged fierce war against the serpents, and when he espoused a beautiful woman, they, fearing the power of his progeny, sought to destroy him. But the mighty bird vanquished all...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502817
  • 9781236502810