Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 7

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Cambridge University Press for the Royal Asiatic Society, 1843 - Asia
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Page 22 - against them, when we expounded the precepts of the law of God; they confessed that they had acted both unreasonably and impiously in worshipping a devil instead of God; they declared that they would henceforth call on the name of Jehovah; they expressed the interest which they felt, when we showed them how "God so loved the world as to give his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
Page 182 - feasting and obscene riot. Upon the second morning the victim, who has fasted from the preceding evening, is carefully washed, dressed in a new garment, and led forth from the village in solemn procession, with music and dancing The Meria grove, a clump of deep and shadowy forest trees,—
Page 189 - The worship of deceased ancestors is a striking and important feature of the Khond religion. The more distinguished fathers of the tribe, of its branches, or of its subdivisions, are all remembered by the priests, their sanctity growing with the remoteness of the period of their deaths; and they are invoked in endless array, after the gods
Page 181 - abomination to the deity. The meria is brought blindfolded to the village by the procurer, and is lodged in the house of the abbaya ; in fetters if grown up, at perfect liberty if a child. He is regarded during life as a consecrated being, and if at large is eagerly welcomed at every threshold,
Page 182 - a rivulet •which is called the Meria stream. It is kept sacred from the axe, and is avoided by the Khond as haunted ground. My followers were always warned to abstain from seeking shelter within its awful shade. In its centre, upon the second day, an upright stake is fixed, generally between two plants of the Sankissar or
Page 178 - The Earth," say the Khonds, "was originally a crude and unstable mass, unfit for cultivation and for the convenient habitation of man. The Earth God .said, 'Let human blood be spilt before me!' and a child was sacrificed. The soil became forthwith firm and productive ; and the deity ordained that man should repeat the rite and live.
Page 183 - by signs, and remaining unvisited by strangers. At the end of this time a buffalo is slaughtered at the place of sacrifice, when tongues are loosened; but until seven days have elapsed, a person who has been present at a sacrifice cannot approach the villages of a tribe which does not offer human sacrifices.
Page 174 - with the great tracts of forest by which they are surrounded, has been occupied from the earliest historical period, chiefly by remnants of three races, which claim, with the universal support of tradition, the aboriginal possession, not of this portion alone, but of the greater part of the soil of Orissa. Of these remnants, the
Page 78 - of the water lying over the white coral reefs. This red colour I ascertained to be caused by the subjacent red sandstone, and reddish coral reefs; a similar phenomenon is observed in the straits of Babel-mandeb, and also near Suez; particularly when the rays of the sun fall on the water at a small angle. The

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