A Statistical Account of Bengal, Volume 16 (Google eBook)

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Trübner & Company, 1877 - Bengal (India)
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Page 274 - Desauli for every village and his authority does not extend beyond the boundary of the village to which his grove belongs ; if a man of that village cultivates land in another village, he must pay his devotions to the Desauli of both. The grove deities are held responsible for the crops and are especially honoured at all the great agricultural festivals.
Page 292 - Preparatory to the festival, the daughters of the head men of the village cultivate blades of barley in a peculiar manner. The seed is sown in moist, sandy soil, mixed with a quantity of turmeric, and the blades sprout and unfold of a pale yellow or primrose colour. On the Karma day, these blades are taken up by the roots, as if for transplanting, and carried in baskets by the fair cultivators to the Akhra.
Page 275 - Rs. 20, but the marriage feast is very liberally provided and as it takes place at the bride's house, the expense chiefly falls on her father. When the day for the wedding is fixed the bridegroom goes in some state to the bride's house, the young men who accompany him "a gallant band with sword and brand...
Page 333 - First. Branches of the Saul tree, marked with the names of all the females in the village, whether married or unmarried, who have attained the age of twelve years, are planted in the water in the morning, for the space of four hours...
Page 275 - Nagpur, have many ceremonies, some of which appear to have been taken from the Hindus ; at all events the ceremonies I allude to are common to Hindus and aborigines, but it is not always easy to decide by whom they were originated.
Page 73 - We have in both the maidens decked with flowers and ornamented with tinkling bracelets, the young men with garlands of flowers and peacocks' feathers, holding their hands and closely compressed, so that the breast of the girl touches the back of the man next to her, going round in a great circle, limbs all moving as if they belonged to one creature, feet falling in perfect cadence, the dancers in the ring singing responsive to the musicians in the centre, who, fluting, drumming, and dancing too,...
Page 285 - In this the bride and bridegroom join, riding each on the hips of one of their friends. A bower is constructed, in front of the residence of the bride's father, into which the bride and bridegroom are carried by women, and made to stand on a curry-stone, under which is placed a sheaf of corn, resting on a plough yoke. Here the mystery of the...
Page 31 - As the sun rose, Parasnath appeared against the clear grey sky, in the form of a beautiful broad cone, with a rugged peak, of a deeper grey than the sky. It is a remarkably handsome mountain, sufficiently lofty to be imposing, rising out of an elevated country, the slope of which, upward to the base of the mountain, though imperceptible, is really considerable ; and • Often occurring in airata, like ftinta. it is surrounded by lesser hills of just sufficient elevation to set it off.
Page 333 - Small portions of rice enveloped in cloths, marked as above, are placed in a nest of white ants; the consumption of the rice in any of the bags, establishes sorcery against the woman whose name it bears. Thirdly. Lamps are lighted at night; water is placed in cups made of leaves, and mustard-seed and oil...
Page 285 - Dan is performed, but the operation is carefully screened from view, first by cloths thrown over the young couple, secondly by a circle of their male friends, some of whom hold up a screen cloth, while others keep guard with weapons upraised, and look very fierce, as if they had been told off to cut down intruders, and were quite prepared to do so.

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