Papers Respecting the Pilgrim Tax and the Employment of Christian Troops in the Religious Processions and Festivals of the Natives in India

Papers Respecting the Pilgrim Tax and the Employment of Christian Troops in the Religious Processions and Festivals of the Natives in India

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...Honour annually to Idolatry, at the Hindoo Festival of the Dushra. No. 3. Memorial of Protestants of Fort St. George to Sir F. Adams as Appendix (A) Muropeans. 1 Troop Horse Military. 2 Companies Foot Do.. 1 Regiment, Infantry. Natives. 1 Regiment Cavalry. 3 Do. Infantry. Between Five and Six o'Clock P.m., on the last Day of that Festival, the British Force, as detailed in the Margin, (having been marched from Kamptee to Nagpore, a Distance of Ten Miles, on the Morning of the same Day, ) is assembled on a Plain in the Neighbourhood of the City, where the Rajah annually performs the concluding Ceremonies of this Feast; his Highness comes in great State, attended by his Court, and on Arrival on the Ground is received by the British Line with Military Honours; he then takes his Seat on a Cloth spread in front of a Tree, to which the Rajah, with attendant Brahmins, &c., performs Poojah (Worship), at the Conclusion of which there is a Scramble for the Leaves of this sacred Tree; a Signal is then given, and the whole British Line unites with the Rajah's Troops in a general Discharge of Guns and Musketry. Thus do Christians in the most direct Manner aid in the idolatrous Rites and Ceremonies of Hindooism. In the following Instance it will be seen that Liberty of Conscience was deliberately refused by the Government to Persons professing Christianity. In September 1835 the Drummers of a Native (19th) Regiment, being required to attend at the Procession of the Dushra, refused, stating that as Christians they could not take Part in a Heathen Ceremony; they were in consequence placed in Confinement, while the Circumstance was reported to higher Authority. The Subject was referred to Government, probably under some Impression that according to recent..show more

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  • 9781236581280