Sketches of India

Sketches of India

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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. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...accounts by no means gave the city, at any time, such an extent, it is nevertheless, in my opinion, very doubtful whether these testimonies should have much weight, when contrasted with the almost convincing proofs which exist to the contrary. Mayhap a kind of suburb extended for some miles beyond the walls, as is now the case in many large cities in India; but, were this the case, the suburbs of Delhi must have been equal to a very considerable town. CHAP. VII. Of Bindrabund.--Its Sanctity.--Sketch of the Indian Faquirs.--Folly of the Supposition that they have free Access to the Wives and Harems of the Hindoos.--Depravity of the Faquirs. Their Body seemingly more feared than despised by our Government.--An Instance in point. On the 21st, reached Bindrabund, a place celebrated through India for pretended sanctity, and the residence and resort of innumerable Faquirs. The Indian Faquirs, or Faqueers, are a set of mendicants, to which superstition in the first instance attached, and ignorance with credulity has confirmed, an idea of holiness. But as very erroneous ideas are generally entertained of these people, it will not be amiss to give a slight sketch of their occupations, mode of living, and characteristics. It It is not to be supposed, because the Faquir is, as the word imports, a beggar, that he is employed solely in providing for the day which is passing over his head, as is the custom of these kind of people in Europe--far otherwise; the Faquirs of India possess immense authority and power; are rich in villages, lands, and money; and it is by no means an uncommon thing to learn that the edifices and gardens you have most admired in various parts of the country, are the property of these extraordinary beggars. It is true that, with...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236819136
  • 9781236819130