Our tour in southern India

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Page 206 - have we been to call you. You must know we know nothing right; will you teach us or not ? We die like beasts, and are buried like dogs ; ought you to neglect us...
Page 306 - They have an odd usage among them to recover their debts, which is this — they will sometimes go to the house of their debtor with the leaves of Neiingala, a certain plant, which is rank poison, and threaten him that they will eat that poison unless he will pay him what he owes.
Page 20 - But perhaps the most striking examples of the ancient custom are to be found at this day in Persia, where (I am told) a man intending to enforce payment of a demand by fasting begins by sowing some barley at his debtor's door and sitting down in the middle. The symbolism is plain enough. The creditor means that he will stay where he is without food, either until he is paid or until the barley-seed grows up and gives him bread to eat.
Page 307 - ... himself, for if the person dies of the poison, the other, for whose sake the man poisoned himself, must pay a ransom for his life. By this means also, they will sometimes threaten to revenge themselves of those with whom they have any contest, and do it too, and upon the same intent they will also jump down some steep place, or hang or make away with themselves, that so they may bring their adversary to great damage.
Page 165 - ... two assistants he brought with him each to put a finger beneath the holes in the scissors, and then hold the sifter suspended over the fire. The servants of the house were then all required, each in turn, to take a small quantity of uncooked rice in their hands, and drop it into the flame, between the fork formed by the scissors, the diviner all the time repeating some formula. All went very smoothly till the womanservant, whom my friend had all along suspected of the theft, performed this ceremony,...
Page 351 - Gayd, however, struggled so violently that it was necessary, when force failed, to persuade him to be quiet; which was done by a promise being made that the gods would take up their abode on him permanently, and that any one who made a pilgrimage to the spot, and performed certain ceremonies on him, should be saved from the penalties of the Hindu place of torment The sacrifice performed now is generally a vicarious one for the souls of ancestors, but it is not the less profitable to the Gaydwdls...
Page 119 - ... flood. For the purpose of restoring to man some of the comforts and conveniences that were lost in this flood, Vishnu is fabled to have become incarnate again in the form of a tortoise, in which shape he sustained...
Page 339 - The increase of our revenue is the subject of our care, as much as our trade; 'tis that must maintain our force, when twenty accidents may interrupt our trade; 'tis that must make us a nation in India...
Page 173 - Rai (the Hindu Rajah) may have committed sins, but it is not good for you to kill the innocent. The Bestower of kingdoms has given the Dekhan to you and the Kanarese country to Krishna Rai; there may yet be many wars between the two kingdoms; let therefore a treaty be made, that henceforth none shall be slain excepting the soldiers fighting in the field.
Page 119 - Mandara, placed on his back to serve aa an axis, whereon the gods and Asura, the vast serpent Vasoky serving as a rope, churned the ocean for the recovery of the Amrita, or beverage of immortality.

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