Sketch on the Religious Sects of the Hindus Volume 1

Sketch on the Religious Sects of the Hindus 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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...meeting of his disciples was held. The tomb is an extensive building, though in decay. The Dabistdn, although it contains many curious, and some correct notices of the Hindu religion, afl"ords too loose and inaccurate a description to be consulted with advantage. NAGAS All the sects include a division under this denomination. The Ndgas are of the same description as the Va/cents'rdg'ls, or Sannydsis, in all essential points, but in their excess of zeal they carry their secession from ordinary manners so far, as to leave off every kind of covering, and, as their name signifies, go naked; there are, however, other points in which they differ from the general character of Hindu mendicants, and they are unquestionably the most worthless and profligate members of their respective religions. A striking proof of their propensities is their use of arms. They always travel with weapons, usually a matchlock and sword and shield, and that these implements are not carried in vain has been shewn on various occasions: the sanguinary conflicts of opposite sects of Hindu mendicants have been described in several publications withthe customary indistinctness as to the parties concerned: these parties are the Vaishhava and Saiva N dgas chiefly, assisted and probably instigated by the Vairddgi and Sannydsi members of those two sects, and aided by abandoned characters from all the schisms connected respectively with the one or the other: it would, however, be As. Res. VI, 317, and XII, 455; an occurence of a similar cloing an injustice to the mendicant orders of any sect, to suppose that they are universally or even generally implicated in these atrocious affrays. SAIVAS. The worship of SIvA in the districts along the Ganges presents itselshow more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593375
  • 9781236593375