Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies: The Classic First Hand Account of India in the Early Nineteenth Century

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 2002 - Religion - 741 pages
Based on an 1815 manuscript by a French missionary, this comprehensive work offers a unique panorama of early-19th-century Indian life. Caste system, ceremonial procedures, rules and etiquette, marriage, fasting, widowhood, funerary rites, literature, religion, much more. Index. 6 Appendices. Black-and-white illustration.
 

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beautiful book,accounts the authors stay in india and his first hand account, both as missionary and as a layman..more so by a French..mostly of then Madras Presidency with authentication from High caste Hindu.

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Once in a awhile you come across a book in which the narrative throws more light on the author than the subject, this happens to be one such book. The author comes across more like a bigoted and ignorant village idiot from Europe transplanted in the middle of Indian population rather than a genuine scholar studying an alien population with an open mind. Abbe Dubois was a missionary who was trying to play the role of an anthropologist with no concern about the rules of objective anthropology. East India Company's payment of a large sum probably made him make his writing even more colorful and entertaining to his European audience. It is hard to believe he came out of France at a time of enlightenment.
According to author, he termed anyone with religious views different from his own as superstitious. Anyone who did not accept his teachings was portrayed as a fanatic. According to his claims that the entire brahmin population was "naturally cunning, deceitful, superstitious and fanatic", an impossibility in the real world. The author claimed that he did not find anything good in India. According to him their vegetables are less nutritious, their fruits are less tasty and their flowers are not fragrant. Indian forests are full of "bad and cruel animals like tigers and elephants". I am surprised that this book carries credibility in this modern age. The climate made the people dull and lazy. This is typical nineteenth century European scholarship which has no place in the twenty-first century pluralistic world. This book belongs in the dust bin of history.
The narrative is so bad that the translator, H.K. Beauchamp, frequently inserted his own remarks on the original author being mistaken so often. Author believed in the historicity of Bible and that all the human population being the descendants of Noah's three sons carrying the original curse, so, he himself was superstitious. He calling Indians superstitious is like kettle calling pot black. Without any hesitation I would write off this book as garbage.
 

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CONTENTS
3
AUTHoRs PREFACE 113
11
Similar Divisions amongst many Ancient Nations 2737
27
gradation is inflicted By whom inflicted Restoration to Caste
38
lers or Cobblers and others equally low Contemptin which they
48
Name and their Original Founders Conjectures on their True
97
by which they are distinguishable 108111
108
true Guru Their Temporal and Spiritual Power The Fear
123
Adoption Rules regarding the Partition
368
Astronomy Astrology Magic 376392
377
Shan Mata The Doctrine of the Buddhists 401415
401
the Flood 415420
415
Hindu Tales 450474
450
Niti Slokas or Moral Stanzas 474482
474
The Funeral Ceremonies of Brahmins 482489
482
in Honour of the Dead 489500
489

Private Ceremonies The Hindu Almanac as published by
134
the Brahmins and of other Castes The Samkalpa Puja
143
Confinement Ceremonies performed over Infants 155159
155
lowed Rights acquired by investiture with the Cord The
170
should take to avoid them His Conduct in this respect Means
178
Internal Defilements Abstinence from
186
tion Places of Purification Sins for which there is no Forgive
194
Celibacy Those who may remain unmarried Polygamy
205
Introduction Forms to be observed when relieving Nature
235
Brahminical Fasts The Custom of Rubbing
269
mins Occult Rites The Disgusting Rite called Sakti 282288
282
Their Indifierence with regard to their own Religion Their_Sub
295
Dissimulation Their Want of Filial Devotion Their Inconti
306
other Hindus Their Physical Defects Remarks on the K akrelaks
316
Faculties of Hindus The Language of the Brahmins Their
324
ferent Marks with which they adorn their Bodies 332335
332
Mourning The Condition of Widowhood The General Contempt for Wi ows Remarriages forbidden 350355
350
allow themselves to be burnt alive on the Funeral Pyre of their
355
The Third Condition of Brahmins viz Wana
500
Sacrifices of the Wanaprastha Brahmins
509
The Penance of the Wanaprasthas Modern Gymnosophists
517
Its Warious Stages What it consists of and how Hindu Devo
528
yasis 538541
538
RELIGION
542
Doctrine Penalties for Different Sins The Hindus as Authors
556
Hindu Feasts The NewYear Feast The
567
Temples built on Mountains Pyramids The Architecture
577
Vishnu Rama KrishnaSiva The Lingam Wigneshwara
612
keys Of Bulls Of the Guruda Bird Of Snakes OfFishes
636
Stone The Tulasi Darbha Grass The Sacred FigTree 648653
648
tice Customs connected with Usury Warious Kinds of Punish
665
Brahmins 685700
685
The EkaDasi or Eleventh Day of the Moon 701706
702
Rules of Conduct for Women during their
708
INDEx 723741
723
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