Vikram and the Vampire: Or, Tales of Hindu Devilry

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Longmans, Green & Company, 1870 - Hinduism - 319 pages
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Dull. Windy and with little point. Certainly way to purple for any kind of charm. Nominally this is supposed to be the basis for all the oriental fairy tales of the likes of Aladin and 1001 nights. I ... Read full review

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Vikram and the Vampire is a number of stories within a story. It is an old Hindu folk tale that was translated by Sir Richard R. Burton from the original Sanskrit. He’s possibly more well known for ... Read full review



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Page 198 - When the father of a family perceives his muscles become flaccid and his hair grey, and sees the child of his child, let him then seek refuge in a forest.
Page 81 - ... a barren wife may be superseded by another in the eighth year; she whose children are all dead, in the tenth; she who brings forth only daughters, in the eleventh; she who speaks unkindly, without delay; but she who, though afflicted with illness, is beloved and virtuous, must never be disgraced, though she may be superseded by another wife with her own consent.
Page 184 - No other effectual duty is known for virtuous women, at any time after the death of their lords, except casting themselves into the same fire. As long as a woman (in her successive transmigrations) shall decline burning herself, like a faithful wife, on the same fire with her deceased lord, so long shall she be not exempted from springing again to life in the body of some female animal.
Page 37 - Now, brother," said the dying man, "Look to my children dear; Be good unto my boy and girl, No friends else have they here: To God and you I recommend My children dear this day; But little while be sure we have Within this world to stay. "You must be father and mother both, And uncle all in one; God knows what will become of them, When I am dead and gone.
Page 196 - ... plants ; tasting honey, flesh ; taking the wealth of others ; taking by force a married woman ; eating flowers, butter, cheese; and worshipping the gods of other religions. To abandon entirely the abover mentioned, is to be a proper Jain.
Page 224 - I not," quoth the thief to himself, "a cat in climbing, a deer in running, a snake in twisting, a hawk in pouncing, a dog in scenting? — keen as a hare, tenacious as a wolf, strong as a lion? — a lamp in the night, a horse on a plain, a mule on a stony path, a boat in the water, a rock on land135?
Page 25 - NO. CCCCLX. posture, began in solemn tones to speak as follows : ' In short, the history of the matter is, that three men were born in this same good city of Ujjayani, in the same lunar mansion, in the same division of the great circle described upon the ecliptic, and in the same period of time. You, the first, were born in the house of a king. The second was an oilman's son, who was slain by the third, a jogi or anchorite, who kills all he can, wafting the sweet scent of human sacrifice to the nostrils...
Page 199 - ... where the clouds pour the heaviest showers ; in the cold season, let him wear humid vesture ; and let him increase by degrees the austerity of his devotion. Then, having reposited his holy fires, as the law directs, in his mind, let him live without external fire, without a mansion, wholly silent, feeding on roots and fruit.
Page 51 - Prayers, penances, and sacrifices are supposed to possess an inherent and actual value, in no degree depending upon the disposition or motive of the person who performs them. They are drafts upon Heaven, for which the Gods cannot refuse payment. The worst men, bent upon the worst designs, have in this manner obtained power which has made them formidable to the Supreme Deities themselves, and rendered an Avatar or Incarnation of Veeshnoo the Preserver, necessary.
Page 99 - Paradise; and in age you practice what you have learned. You cannot teach yourselves anything before your beards sprout, and when they grow stiff you cannot be taught by others. If any one attempt to change your opinions you cry, What is new is not true, What is true is not new. and you rudely pull his hand from the subject. Yet have you your uses like other things of earth. In life you are good working camels for the mill-track, and when you die your ashes are not worse compost than those of the...

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