A History of Assam (Google eBook)

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Thacker, Spink & Company, 1906 - Assam (India) - 383 pages
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Page 292 - By his demise the Government has been deprived of a most zealous, able and intelligent servant, whose loss it deeply laments, while his name will long be held in grateful remembrance and veneration by the native population to whom he was justly endeared by his impartial dispensation of justice, his kind and conciliatory manners, and his constant and unwearied endeavours to promote their happiness and welfare.
Page 23 - But the mountains and rivers present obstacles, and the pestilential air, the poisonous vapours, the fatal snakes, the destructive vegetation, all these causes of death prevail. On the south-east of this country herds of wild elephants roam about in numbers ; therefore, in this district they use them principally in war.
Page 228 - Burmese executioners, who cut off the lobes of the poor victims' ears and choice portions of the body, such as the points of the shoulders, and actually ate the raw flesh before the living sufferers : They then inhumanly inflicted with a sword, deep but not mortal gashes on the body, that the mutilated might die slowly, and finally closed the tragedy by disembowelling the wretched victims.
Page 228 - All who were suspected of being inimical to the reign of terror were seized and bound by Burmese executioners, who cut off the lobes of the poor victims' ears and choice portions of the body, such as the points of the shoulders, and actually ate the raw flesh before the living sufferers : they then inhumanly inflicted...
Page 56 - Bhogis, who were voluntary victims. From the time when they announced that the goddess had called them, they were treated as privileged persons ; they were allowed to do whatever they liked, and every woman was at their command ; but when the annual festival came round, they were killed. Magic also held an important place in the estimation of...
Page 60 - Here they be all Gentiles and they will kill nothing. They have hospitals for sheep, goats, dogs, cats, birds, and for all other living creatures ; when they be old and lame they keep them until they die.
Page 23 - Devas, and have no faith in Buddha ; hence from the time when Buddha appeared in the world even down to the present time there never as yet has been built one sangharama as a place for the priests to assemble.
Page 292 - This Monument is erected by order of the Supreme Government, as a public and lasting record of its consideration for the personal character of the deceased, and of its estimation of the eminent services rendered by him in the administration of the extensive territory committed to his charge. By his demise the Government has been deprived of a most zealous, able and intelligent servant, whose loss it deeply laments, while his name will long be held in grateful remembrance and veneration by the native...
Page 7 - Any race that had been long resident there, though rising in the scale of civilization and gaining proficiency in the arts of peace, would gradually become soft and luxurious and so, after a time, would no longer be able to defend itself against the incursions of the hardier tribes behind them.
Page 228 - Fifty men were decapitated in one day. A large building was then erected of bamboos and grass, with a raised bamboo platform ; into this building were thrust men, children and poor innocent women with infants, and a large quantity of fuel having been placed round the building it was ignited : in a few minutes — it is said by witnesses of the scene now living— two hundred persons were consumed in the flames. . . . Many individuals who escaped from these massacres have assured me that innumerable...

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