The Tribes and Castes of the North-western Provinces and Oudh, Volume 4

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Page 321 - ... into the servile caste of the Aryan commonwealth, sprung from the feet of Brahma, so the Savars and other forest races who successfully withstood the invaders, proceeded from the sweat of a cow.12 They were goblins, they were devils, they were raw-eaters, they were man-eaters ; and the Vishnu Purana has concentrated the national antipathy towards them, in its picture of a dwarfish race, with flat noses, and a skin the colour of a charred stake. Another sacred text assures us that they were as...
Page 160 - They assemble every autumn in the plains east of Ghazni, with their families, flocks, herds, and long strings of camels laden with the goods of Bukhara and Kandahar ; and forming enormous caravans, numbering many thousands, march in military order through...
Page 135 - ... attained such a degree of perfection: in proof of it they go naked in all weathers, never speak, and never indicate any natural want: what is brought to them as alms or food, by any person, is received by the attendants, whom their supposed sanctity or a confederation of interest attaches to them, and by these attendants they are fed and served on all occasions, as if they were as helpless as infants.
Page 137 - Sinh, returned, waited for the evening of that riotous feast, and then, when the guards of the fort were heavy with wine, and no danger was looked for, suddenly attacked and slaughtered them, and made themselves masters of the fort and the surrounding country.
Page 179 - Brahmans), and his spiritual power is unbounded. His anger is as terrible as that of the gods. His blessing makes rich, his curse withers. Nay, more, he is himself actually worshipped as a god. No marvel, no prodigy in nature is believed to be beyond the limits of his power to accomplish. If the priest were to threaten to bring down the sun from the sky or arrest it in its daily course in the heavens, no villager would for a moment doubt his ability to do so.
Page 195 - Ghats on the banks of the Jamuna. Originally he had belonged to the Madhvacharya Sampradaya, and from them and the Nimbaraks, who also claim him, his doctrine and ritual were professedly derived. But in consequence of the mysterious incident by which he had been induced to forego his intention of leading a celibate life, and...
Page 300 - Last year I was a Jolaha, this year I am a Shaikh ; next year, if prices rise, I shall be a Saiad'. A well-to-do man of a functional group will often drop the functional designation, call himself Shaikh, and, by dint of hospitality, secure for himself a circle of friends from the poorer members of the Ashraf community. He will then marry into an Ashraf family, possibly of doubtful status...
Page 43 - Westermarck, who has very fully and ably discussed the whole question,[185] "there is an innate aversion to sexual intercourse between persons living very closely together from early youth, and, as such persons are in most cases related, this feeling displays itself chiefly as a horror of intercourse between near kin.
Page 426 - The image is said to have transported itself thither from Mathura, when Aurangzeb ordered the temple it stood in to be destroyed. The present shrine is modern, but very richly endowed, and the high priest, a descendant of Gokulnathji, is a man of great wealth and importance...
Page 102 - As they draw near the burning ground they halt, lay down the body, and throw the dough balls to the left and right. They go to the nearest water, strip the body of its ornaments, and hand them to the next of kin, when he returns home. The pile is made ready and the body is laid on it, and the fire is kindled by the son or nearest relation. When the body is burnt, they bathe in the nearest water and go home. Neither the bearers nor the mourners are held to be impure, and nothing is done to clean the...

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