Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Volume 9

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Cambridge University Press for the Royal Asiatic Society, 1848 - Asia
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Page 56 - Dic, age, frigoribus quare novus incipit annus, Qui melius per ver incipiendus erat ? iso Omnia tune florent, tune est nova temporis aetas, Et nova de gravido palmite gemma tumet, Et modo formatis operitur frondibus arbos, Prodit et in summum seminis herba solum, Et tepidum volucres concentibus aëra mulcent, 155 Ludit et in pratis luxuriatque pecus...
Page 72 - ... are arranged upon a platform, or a sheet, and strewn over with flowers and blades of young barley, and that no flowers except white are to be offered. After performing the necessary rites .... all the members of the family assemble and make their prostrations ; the books, the pens, and ink having an entire holiday ; and, should any emergency require a written communication on the day dedicated to the divinity of scholarship, it is done with chalk or charcoal upon a black or white board.
Page 67 - The saint's benediction, though nominally confined to horses, is equally efficacious, and equally bestowed upon all quadrupeds; and i believe there is scarcely a brute in Rome, or...
Page xxi - WILLIAMS WYNN, MP, President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The...
Page 5 - It is requested that those Individuals or institutions who are willing to subscribe to the Oriental Translation Fund, will send their names, addressed to " the Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society's House, No. 14, Grafton Street, Bond Street, London;" and inform him where their Subscriptions will be paid.
Page 57 - ... of Tiliia Sankranti and Pishtaka Sankranti, the solar conjunction of the sweetmeat or the cake. The good things prepared on this occasion are not intended exclusively for those imaginary beings who are unable to eat them. They are presented merely for the purpose of consecration, and that they may be eaten with greater zest by the householder and his family; nor is that all, for a portion of them is sent to friends and relations, as memorials of regard, inclosed in fine linen, silk, or velvet,...
Page 59 - Sankranti, agreeably to the limitations above assigned to it ; that is, its identification with the 1st of Magha or the 12th of January. Wherever such assemblages take place, objects of a secular nature are now, as they have ever been, blended with those of devotion ; and the Mela, which originates in purposes of pilgrimage, becomes equally or in a still greater degree a meeting of itinerant merchants, or a fair.* The number of persons who assemble at Ganga Sagar is variously estimated.
Page 79 - The intention of the rite, as now understood, is expressed in the formula; uttered at the time of presenting the offerings : " I present this water to the childless hero Bhishma, of the race of Vyaghrapada, the chief of the house of Sankriti. May Bhishma, the son of Santanu, the speaker of truth and subjugator of his passions, obtain by this water the oblations due by sons and grandsons.
Page 91 - ... in return. The caste of Gopas, or cowherds, is everywhere prominently conspicuous in this ceremony, and especially so amongst the Uriyas; and at the Dola Yatra, or Holi, they not only renew their own garments, but all the harness and equipments of their cattle; they also bathe them and paint their foreheads with sandal and tumeric.
Page 71 - February, the whole of the pens and inkstands, and the books, if not too numerous and bulky, are collected, the pens or reeds cleaned, the inkstands scoured, and the books wrapped up in new cloth, are arranged upon a platform, or a sheet, and strewn over with flowers and blades of young barley, and that no flowers except white are to be offered. After performing the necessary rites, all the members of the family assemble and...

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