The Popular Religion and Folk-lore of Northern India, Volume 1

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A. Constable & Company, 1896 - Ancestor worship - 653 pages
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Page 19 - though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects; love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide; in cities mutinies; in countries discord; in palaces treason; and the bond cracked 'twixt son and father.
Page 148 - imps and demons carry out his most trifling behests. Hence it is not surprising that the following remarkable saying is everywhere current throughout India : ' The whole universe is subject to the gods; the gods are subject to the Mantras; the Mantras to the Brahmans ; therefore the Brahmans are our gods.
Page 34 - Ganga, of course, in the mythologies has a divine origin. According to one account she flows from the toe of Vishnu, and was brought down from heaven by the incantations of the Saint Bhagiratha, to purify the ashes of the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara, who had been burnt up by the angry glance of Kapila, the sage.
Page 211 - he can save from snake-bite, and cause those who neglect him to be bitten. His shrine is often found in association with that of Nara Sinha, the man-lion incarnation of Vishnu, and of Gorakhnath, the famous ascetic, whose disciple he is said to have been. He is adored by Hindus and
Page 245 - breasts, long projecting teeth, and crooked thighs; whilst others were exceedingly beautiful to behold and clothed in great splendour. Some had the heads of serpents, some the heads of asses, some of horses, and some of elephants." The leader of them was Ravana, who is said to have been once a Brahman and to have been turned into a
Page 274 - of the tribe is supposed to transfer the weakness to her husband, who takes to his bed and has to be supported for several days with good nourishing food.
Page 63 - are yearly decreasing in volume, so this hill is gradually sinking. Not a particle of stone is allowed to be removed from it, and even the road which crosses it at its lowest point, where only a few fragments of the rock crop up overground, had to be carried over them by a paved causeway.
Page 234 - that when a woman marries another husband, her first husband becomes a ghost and troubles her. This fear is so strongly rooted in their minds, that whenever a woman of this caste sickens, she attributes her sickness to the ghost of her former husband, and consults an exorcist as to
Page 201 - So almost all the artizan classes have each their special patron saint. The dyers venerate Pir 'Ali Rangrez, the Lohars or blacksmiths, Hazrat Daud, or the Lord David, because the Quran says— " We taught him the art of making coats of mail that they might defend you from your suffering in warring with your enemies.
Page 234 - on the same principle, if a man has lost two or three wives in succession, he gets a woman to catch a bird and adopt it as her daughter. He then pays the dower, marries his bird bride, and immediately divorces her. By this means the malignant influence is diverted to the bird, and the real wife is safe. 2

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