A View of the History, Litterature and Religion of the Hindoos

A View of the History, Litterature and Religion of the Hindoos

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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. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ... month Maghfi, when danger from fire is considerable, some persons worship this god before the image of Briimha, with the accustomed ceremonies, for three days, When any particular work is to be done by the agency of fire, as when-a kiln of bricks is to be burnt, this god is worshipped; also when atrial by ordeal is to be performed. Some bramhfins are distinguished by the name sagnikii, because they use sacred fire in all the ceremonies in which this element is used, from the time of birth to the burning of the body after death. This fire is preserved in honour of the god Ugnee, and to make religious ceremonies more meritorious ... There may be some resemblance in this to the custom pf the Romans, in preserving a perpetual fire in the temple of Vesta. Ugnee, as one of the guardian deities of the earth, is worshipped at the commencement of every festival. He presides in the S. E. Bhrigoo, a sagnikii bramhiin and a great sage, once cursed his guardian deity Ugnee, because the latter had not delivered Bhrigoo s wife from the hands of a giant, who attempted to violate her chastity when she was in a state of pregnancy..The child, however, sprang from her womb, and reduced the giant to ashes. Bhrigoo doomed the god to eat every thing. Ugnee appealed to the assembled gods, and Briirnha soothed him by promising, that whatever he ate should become pure. Ugnee was also once cursed by one of the seven rishees, who turned him into cinders. Urjoonii, the brother of Yoodhisthirii, at the entreaty of fignee, set fire to the forest Khi1ndfivi1, in order to cure him of a surfeit contracted in the following manner: --Mi 1rooti'1, a king, entered upon a sacrifice which occupied him twelve months, during the whole of which time clarified...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236573471
  • 9781236573476