The Picture Gallery of the Nations

The Picture Gallery of the Nations

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...its breadth about 1,800. In extent it is ten times larger than England, Scotland, and Ireland together. The sea washes its shores for more than 3,000 miles. Population, 150,000,000. Chief city, Calcutta. 'hk people of India divide themselves into castes, or distinct races. Their religious books declare that their god Brahma created the human race, to consist of four castes. From his mouth came the Brahmins, or chief class. These are reckoned the highest and noblest beings on earth. They are taught from their infancy to regard all other classes of men with contempt. The highest honours are paid to them. Like the Pharisees of old, they stand at the corners of the streets, and receive the homage of the people. From Brahma's arm proceeded the second, or military caste. From his breast came the third, consisting of merchants and farmers. Of his feet were born the Soodrus, or common people. Beneath these last are the Pariahs, or outcasts, who are held in the utmost abhorrence. The Brahmins teach that there is one supreme being, whom they call Brahm; but he is never worshipped. He is reported to be generally fast asleep. In the place of Brahm, they worship many gods, whose number is said to be three hundred and thirty millions. They are gods of all colours, black, white, blue, yellow, red--gods of all shapes, some being in the form of beasts, others in the shape of men; some part beasts and part men, having four, or ten, or a hundred, or a thousand eyes, heads, and hands. They are of all sizes, from a few inches to twenty or thirty feet in height. They are described as riding through the air on elephants, buffaloes, lions, sheep, deer, goats, peacocks, vultures, geese, serpents, and rats. These gods are said to fight and quarrel with one another. They...
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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621298
  • 9781236621290