Sketches Chiefly Relating to the History, Religion, Learning and Manners of the Hindoos

Sketches Chiefly Relating to the History, Religion, Learning and Manners of the Hindoos

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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. 1792 edition. Excerpt: ...only strongly inculcated, but I believe no where more universally practised than amongst the Hindoos. " Hospitality is commanded to be exer " cised even towards an enemy, when he ' cometh into thine house: the tree doth F not not withdraw its shade even from the wood-cutter. " Good men extend their charity unto the vilest animals. The moon doth not withhold her light even from the cot.tage of the Chandala.' V Is this one of us, or is he a stranger?-s-Such is the reasoning of the ungenerous: but to those by whom liberality is practised, the whole world is but as one family." I shall conclude this chapter with an other passage from the Heetopades," the valuable truth of which seems, happily, to be understood by them.-" There is one friend, Religion, who attendeth even in death, though all other things go to decay like the body." m the foregoing Sketch, it must be owned, that the multitude believe in the existence of inferior deities, which, like the divinities of the Greeks and Romans, are represented under different forms, and with symbols expreffive of their different qualities and attributes: all these are however supposed to be inferiour to the triad, Brimha, Vstmou, and Shiva. Bawaney, as the mother of the gods, is held in high veneration, but the other Bawaney, or Bha-vani, (for I suppose the name to mean the same divinity, and to be only a different mode goddesses are always represented as the fubordinate powers of their respective lords. in another the Vedsii; in a third a ring, or circle, as an emblem of eternity; and the fourth is empty, being ready to affist and protect his works. Near his image is the harffie, or flamingo, on which he is sups posed to perform his journies. His goddess Seraswaty is the...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521498
  • 9781236521491