The Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Trübner & Company, 1885 - India
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Page 289 - sect which observes none of the ceremonies of its faith, which is ignorant of the simplest formulas of its creed, which worships at the shrines of a rival religion, and tenaciously adheres to practices which were denounced as the foulest abominations by its founder.
Page 306 - And not unfrequently, especially where particular lands are required for the growth of special crops, such as indigo, superior holders have taken under-tenures from their own tenants. These tenures and under-tenures often comprise defined tracts of land; but a common practice has been to sublet certain aliquot shares of the whole superior tenure, the consequence of which is that the tenants in any particular village of an estate now very usually pay their rents to two, or many more than two, different...
Page 316 - Bengal district, generally comprising one and a half to two and a half millions of inhabitants, the real executive chief and administrator of the tract of country committed to him, and supreme over everyone and everything except the proceedings of the Courts of Justice.
Page 360 - ... where the wild beasts repair to drink ; its dykes, mainly shaped out of spurs from the hills, are thrown athwart the hollows, a part only being formed by masonry ; its sluices often consist of chasms or fissures in the rock; its broad surface is often, as the monsoon approaches, lashed into...
Page 38 - Brahuf) are a handsome, active race of men, not possessing great physical strength, but inured to changes of climate and season, and capable of enduring every species of fatigue. In their habits they are pastoral, and much addicted to predatory warfare, in the course of which they do not hesitate to commit every kind of outrage and cruelty.
Page 300 - The traces that remain are scanty ; in some places, village panchayals. or conferences, exist, but they are being supplanted by municipal institutions, law courts, and the influence of the landlord. The village headman has still, however, a recognised position in the rural community, although denuded of his authoritative powers. His functions are those of an arbitrator and general adviser ; and the office is to a remarkable extent in the Bengal Delta hereditary in low-caste families.
Page 170 - India, consist of slight walls, with towers at irregular distances, and several double gates. The town is intersected by two spacious streets, dividing it into four equal parts; meeting in the centre at a market-place, containing a square pavilion, with three bold arches on each side, and a flat roof, adorned with seats and fountains.
Page 388 - A Bhil caught in a disturbed part of the country was without inquiry flogged and hanged. Hundreds were thrown over high cliffs, and large bodies of them, assembled under promise of pardon, were beheaded or blown from guns. Their women were mutilated or smothered by smoke, and their children smashed to death against...
Page 413 - ... wall, or in layers made on the wall itself. It seems to last for many years, and probably will stand as long as the roof is kept on the house. We saw old ruins made of this composite, which must have been built more than a hundred years ago, the walls of which were like concrete. The houses are built of three and four stories ; all the floors are neatly boarded with deal, and on two sides of the house is a very pretty verandah ornamented with oarved and often painted deal. Most of the houses...
Page 415 - ... The people are nominally Buddhists, but their religious exercises consist chiefly in the propitiation of evil spirits and the recitation of sentences from the Tibetan Scriptures.

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