The Land of the Permauls: Or Cochin, Its Past and Its Present

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Gantz Brothers, 1863 - Cochin (India : State) - 578 pages
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Page 537 - The face of the country was interspersed with groves of innumerable palm-trees," and the diligent natives celebrated, either in verse or prose, the three hundred and sixty uses to which the trunk, the branches, the leaves, the juice, and the fruit were skilfully applied.
Page 483 - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and to fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Page 271 - Vedanta not only affirm, that this union and identity are attained through a knowledge of God, as by them taught ; but have hinted, that by such means the particular soul becomes God, even to the actual attainment of supremacy.1 So far the followers of 'the Vedas do not virtually disagree with the Jainas and Bauddhas.
Page 297 - Distinctions of colour are of his ordination. It is he who gives existence. In your temples, to his name the voice is raised in prayer : in a house of images, where the bell is shaken, still he is the object of adoration. To vilify the religion or customs of other men, is to set at naught the pleasure of the Almighty.
Page 537 - Many of the trees are not permitted to bear fruit ; but the embryo bud, from which the blossoms and nuts would spring, is tied up to prevent its expansion ; and a small incision being then made at the end, there oozes, in gentle drops, a cool pleasant liquor, called tarce, or toddy, the palm wine of the poets. This, when first drawn, is cooling and salutary ; but, when fermented and distilled, produces an intoxicating spirit.
Page 290 - Be gentle in thy aspect and loyal to thy husband; be fortunate in cattle, amiable in thy mind, and beautiful in thy person ; be mother of valiant sons; be fond of delights; be cheerful, and bring prosperity to our bipeds and quadrupeds.
Page 271 - Perfect truth; perfect happiness; without equal ; immortal; absolute unity; whom neither speech can describe, nor mind comprehend ; all-pervading ; all-transcending; delighted with his own boundless intelligence, not limited by space or time ; without feet, moving swiftly ; without hands, grasping all worlds ; without eyes...
Page 537 - ... good manure. The shell of the nut furnishes cups, ladles, and other domestic utensils ; while the husk, which encloses it, is of the utmost importance ; it is manufactured into ropes, and cordage of every kind, from the smallest twine to the largest cable, which are far more durable than those of hemp.
Page 570 - The small class has one, and the large class two masts, with the lateen sail, the foremast raking forward for the purpose of keeping the ponderous yard clear when it is raised or lowered. The yard is slung at one-third of its length ; the tack of the sail is brought to the stern-head, through a fixed block, and the sheet hauled aft at the side, as usual. The...
Page 537 - ... while their finest fibres are woven into very beautiful mats for the rich. The covering of the young fruit is extremely curious, resembling a piece of thick cloth, in a conical form, close and firm as if it came from the loom ; it expands after the fruit has burst through its inclosure, and then appears of a coarser texture.

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