Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency ..., Volume 24

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Printed at the Government Central Press, 1886 - Bombay (India : State)
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Page 49 - Not less than five married women take the two pestles in their hands, set them upright in the basket, and move them up and down as if to pound the wheat in the basket. They sing songs, while music plays.
Page 418 - These apparently sexual, unnamable things are, in his words, "hardly applicable to any but female witchery." For the reason of this [he continues] I look to all circumstances external and internal. To woman, not to man, was assigned the culling and concocting of powerful remedies, as well as the cooking of food. Her lithe soft hand could best prepare the salve, weave the lint, and dress the wound; the art of reading and writing is in the Middle Ages ascribed chiefly to women.
Page 394 - ... with his son ; that Sivajee was as much in rebellion against him as against the king's government ; and recommended his being reduced to obedience by force of arms. Nothing he urged could convince Mohummud Adil Shah of his innocence ; and, being enraged at his supposed contumacy, he ordered Shahjee to be confined in a stone dungeon, the door of which was built up, except a small opening ; and he was told, that if within a certain period his son did not submit, the aperture should be for ever...
Page 83 - When they have an injury to avenge, they never fail to give warning to their enemy, after which each puts on his cuirass and grasps his spear in his hand. In battle they pursue the fugitives, but do not slay those who give themselves up. When a general has lost a battle, instead of punishing him corporally, they make him wear women's clothes, and by that force him to sacrifice his own life.
Page 313 - The fort is about 4J miles in circumference. For about half this distance it is protected by a scarp thirty to fifty feet high which in places is strengthened by a loopholed parapet wall. For the remaining half the fort is surrounded by a strong stone wall fifteen to thirty feet thick at the top and with bastions at convenient distances for carrying guns. The fort was entered through three magnificent double gateways which were reached from the tableland by long flights of stone steps. Of these three...
Page 415 - Spirits are of two kinds, ghnrnabhut or family spirits, and baharnabhut or outside spirits. The influence of the family spirits is confined to the house or family to which it belongs. It does not trouble outsiders. A family spirit is generally the ghost of a member of the family who died with some desire unfulfilled, or whose death ceremonies were neglected or improperly performed. Married women are supposed to be very liable to possession by the spirit of a husband's former wife.
Page 51 - ... will be lucky. The custom of consulting and comparing horoscopes is gradually falling into disuse as the parents of the couple hold that considerations of dowry or good...
Page 50 - betelnut Ganapati " and the " metal pot Varuna " are, as at beginning of the ceremony, invoked and then bowed out and the back of the sup (winnowing fan) is beaten with a stick to show that the ceremony is over, and it is time for friends and kinsfolk to leave. The boy is now a bramhacdri (an unwed...
Page 209 - ... flat piece of wood is first cut into a circular form of about eight inches in diameter and a small flat circular stone having a hollow in the middle is fixed in the centre of the piece of wood. Six thin sticks are inserted as spokes in the piece of wood which serves as the nave. Three...
Page 393 - This name, however, has been entirely superseded by the second designation of Ghorpade, which is said to have been acquired by one of the family who managed to scale a fort previously deemed impregnable, by fastening a cord around the body of a ghorpad or iguana. All that is authentically known of the history of the family is that it held a high position at the Court of Bijdpur, from which it received the lands it still holds. The Mudhol chiefs were the most determined opponents of Sivaj1 during...

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