Journal of the American Oriental Society, Volume 4

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American Oriental Society., 1854 - Oriental philology
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Page 411 - We made him powerful in the earth, and we gave him means to accomplish everything he pleased. And he followed his way, until he came to the place where the sun setteth; and he found it to set in a spring of black mud, and he found near the same a certain people. And we said, O Dhu'lkarnein, either punish this people, or use gentleness towards them.
Page 254 - This, however, would not necessarily imply that the main body of the Atharva hymns were not already in existence when the compilation of the Rik took place. Their character would be ground enough for their rejection and exclusion from the canon, until other and less scrupulous hands were found to undertake their separate gathering into an independent collection.
Page 311 - O come, rice-kelah, come ! Come to the field. Come to the rice. With seed of each gender, come. Come from the river Kho, come from the river Kaw ; from the place where they meet, come. Come from the West, come from the East. From the throat of the bird, from the maw of the ape, from the throat of the elephant. Come from the sources of rivers and their mouths. Come from the country of the Shan and Burman. From the distant kingdoms come. From all granaries come. O rice-kelah, come to the rice.
Page 411 - He answered, Whosoever of them shall commit injustice, we will surely punish him in this world ; afterwards shall he return unto his LORD, and he shall punish him with a severe punishment. But whosoever believeth, and doth that which is right, shall receive the most excellent reward, and we will give him in command that which is easy.
Page 254 - Its first eighteen books, of which alone it was originally composed, are arranged upon a like system throughout, the length of the hymns, and not either their subject or their alleged authorship, being the guiding principle ; those of about the same number of verses are combined together into books, and the books made up of the shorter hymns, stand first in order. A sixth of the mass, however, is not metrical, but consists of longer or shorter prose pieces, nearly akin in point of language and style...
Page 315 - The spirits of the dead resolve themselves apparently into four classes. The first consists of the Plupho, or inhabitants of Hades. They are the shades of those who have died natural deaths, and have been decently buried. " They go to their proper country, and renew their earthly employments. As the North American Indian, with his dog and bow, seeks food in the beautiful hunting-ground of the world of the departed, so the Karen, with his axe and cleaver, may build his house, cut his rice, and conduct...
Page 306 - It thundered, tempests followed ; it rained three days and three nights, and the waters covered all the mountains." Again, " Anciently, when the earth was deluged with water, two brothers, finding themselves in a difficulty, got on a raft. The waters rose and rose, till they reached to heaven ; when seeing a mango-tree hanging down, the younger brother climbed up it and ate ; but the waters suddenly falling, left him in the tree.
Page 411 - Thus it was; and we comprehended with our knowledge the forces which were with him. And he prosecuted his journey from south to north, until he came between the two mountains ; beneath which he found certain people who could scarce understand what was said.
Page 254 - ... gathering into an independent collection. The nineteenth book is a kind of supplement to the preceding ones, and is made up of matter of a like nature which had either been left out when they were compiled, or had been since produced.
Page 307 - Wees, who are supposed, and suppose themselves, capable of working themselves into a " superior state," in which they are enabled to see what is invisible to other men. They can see the departed life or spirit (the sentient soul) of the dead, and even have the power of recalling this spirit, and bringing it back to its body, and thus restoring the dead* to life. When a prophet is approached by an inquirer after future events, or...

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