Our Journey Around the World; An Illustrated Record of a Year's Travel of Forty Thousand Miles...

Our Journey Around the World; An Illustrated Record of a Year's Travel of Forty Thousand Miles...

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... magnificent temples and innumerable gods which are everywhere worshiped, tell of centuries of idolatry and superstition. As one walks along the street, he is struck not only by the costumes, but by the tattoo marks and by the signs on the foreheads of the people whom he meets, which tell of the god they worship and of the caste to which they belong. Each morning they smear their foreheads with sacred ashes in red or white or blue, and sometimes with a combination of all the colors. Many wear a single spot just above the bridge of the nose. Others bedeck themselves with three lines running from their eyebrows to their hair, while the foreheads of others are decorated transversely from temple to temple with the sacred ashes mingled with oil. One who has lived long in the country and has become expert in the signs on the forehead, can tell at a glance to what great caste each man belongs, though it is impossible to distinguish the minor castes, as they are almost numberless. As I was sitting in a mission bungalow one day, a bright, intelligent Hindu entered the door, and spoke to the missionary in charge in regard to some church work which had been committed to him. As he went out, my friend said to me, " That man belongs to the thief caste." I was quite surprised at this piece of information, for the man appeared to me to be a very respectable citizen, and he was clad in A CONVERTED THIEF. 313 snow-white cloth and spotless turban. Instead of playing the thief on this occasion he made me a most respectful "salaam," as he came into the room, laying the flat of his hand against his forehead, and then very courteously stated his business, not attempting to deprive me or my friend of any of our possessions. Before he...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236876482
  • 9781236876485