Travels Amongst the Todas: Or The Study of a Primitive Tribe in South India, Their History, Character, Customs, Religion, Infanticide, Polyandry, Language; with Outlines of the Tuda Grammar

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Longmans, Green, 1873 - India, South - 271 pages

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Page 90 - The thesis which I venture to sustain, within limits, is simply this, that the savage state in some measure represents an early condition of mankind, out of which the higher culture has gradually been developed or evolved, by processes still in regular operation as of old, the result showing that, on the whole, progress has far prevailed over relapse.
Page 211 - Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. 12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me : but give me the damsel to wife.
Page 32 - He is taller, by almost the breadth of my nail, than any of his court ; which alone is enough to strike an awe into the beholders.
Page 53 - O, might I here In solitude live savage, in some glade Obscured; where highest woods, impenetrable To star or sun-light, spread their umbrage broad And brown as evening...
Page 207 - If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no son, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger : her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
Page 40 - Do not obtain your slaves from Britain because they are so stupid and so utterly incapable of being taught that they are not fit to form a part of the household of Athens.
Page 81 - It seems scarcely too much to assert, once for all, that meaningless customs must be survivals, that they had a practical, or at least ceremonial, intention when and where they first arose, but are now fallen into absurdity from having been carried on into a new state of society, where their original sense has been discarded.
Page 129 - Few who will give their minds to master the general principles of savage religion will ever again think it ridiculous, or the knowledge of it superfluous to the rest of mankind. Far from its beliefs and practices being a...
Page 195 - We never did such things, and it is all nonsense that we drowned it in buffalo's milk. Boys were never killed — only girls ; not those who were sickly and deformed — that would be a sin ; but, when we had one girl, or, in some families, two girls, those that followed were killed.
Page 28 - The first, or lymphatic, is distinguishable by a round form of the body, softness of the muscular system, repletion of the cellular tissue, fair hair, and a pale skin. It is accompanied by languid vital actions, with weakness, and slowness in the circulation. The brain, as part of the system, is also slow, languid, and feeble in its action, and the mental manifestations are proportionally weak.

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