History of the Parsis: Including Their Manners, Customs, Religion, and Present Position, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1884 - Parsees
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Page 246 - Calcutta ; provided that their inheritance and succession to lands, rents, and goods, and all matters of contract and dealing" between party and party, shall be determined, in the case of Mahomedans, by the laws and usages of Mahomedans ; and in the case of Gentus, by the laws and usages of Gentus : and, where only one of the parties shall be a Mahomedan or Gentu, by the laws and usages of the defendant.
Page 201 - ... the ground at equal distances. At the mouth of each drain charcoal and sandstones are placed for purifying the fluid before it enters the ground, thus observing one of the tenets of the Zoroastrian religion that "the mother earth shall not be defiled.
Page 21 - Factious and uneasy spirits, when once they have begun to fled to Seistan, then to Khorassan, and lastly to Merv. The governor of that city invited the Khakan of the Tartars to take possession of the person of the fugitive monarch. That sovereign accepted the offer ; his troops entered Merv, the gates of which were opened to them by the treacherous governor, and made themselves masters of it, in spite of the desperate resistance of the surprised, but brave and enraged inhabitants.
Page 287 - ... of the most approved authors. Connected with this subject is a scheme that I have long contemplated, for relieving the distresses of the Parsee poor of Bombay, Surat, and its neighbourhood. You know full well the state of misery in which many of our people are living, and hopeless ignorance in which their children are permitted to grow up.
Page 207 - ... manner, and without the possibility of polluting the earth or contaminating a single living being dwelling thereon. God, indeed, sends the vultures, and, as a matter of fact, these birds do their appointed work much more expeditiously than millions of insects would do if we committed our bodies to the ground. In a sanitary point of view nothing can be more perfect than our plan. Even the rain water which washes our skeletons is conducted by channels into purifying charcoal. Here in these five...
Page 22 - ... perfect confidence in his safety. But the miller could not resist the temptation of making his fortune by the possession of the rich arms and robes of the unfortunate prince, whose head he separated from his body with the sword he had received from him, and then cast his corpse into the watercourse that turned the mill.
Page 22 - Rhakan, and to repent the part which they had acted. They encouraged the citizens to rise upon the Tartars, and not only recovered the city, but forced the Khakan to fly, with great loss, to Bokharah. A diligent inquiry was made after Yezdejird, whose fate was soon discovered. The miller fell a victim to popular rage ; and the corpse of the monarch was embalmed, and sent to Istakhr, to be interred in the sepulchre of his ancestors.
Page 207 - Earth, fire, water, he said, ought never, under any circumstances, to be denied by contact with putrefying flesh. Naked, he said, we came into the world, and naked we ought to leave it. But the decaying particles of our bodies should be dissipated as rapidly as possible, and in such a way that neither Mother Earth nor the beings she supports should be contaminated in the slightest degree. In fact, our prophet was the greatest of health officers, and following his sanitary laws we build our towers...
Page 287 - Her Majesty has conferred upon me, and that also which I have received at your hands this day. " Nothing could please me more than the purposes to which you propose to devote the funds that have been subscribed.
Page 207 - Naked, he said, we came into the world, and naked we ought to leave it. But the decaying particles of our bodies should be dissipated as rapidly as possible, and in such a way that neither Mother Earth nor the beings she supports should be contaminated in the slightest degree. In fact, our Prophet was the greatest of health officers, and, following his sanitary laws, we build our towers on the tops of the hills, above all human habitations.

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