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 - These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us : 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 105 - ... soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five fathom deep ; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two, And sleeps again. This is that very Mab That plats the manes of horses in the night, And bakes the elf-locks in foul sluttish hairs, Which once untangled much misfortune bodes...
Page 166 - THE passing bell was anciently rung for two purposes ; one, to bespeak the prayers of all good Christians for a soul just departing; the other, to drive away the evil spirits who stood at the bed's foot and about the house, ready to seize their prey, or at least to molest and terrify the soul in its passage...
Page 12 - Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry," under " February" gave the following advice— " Sow peason and beans, in the wane of the moon, Who soweth them sooner, he soweth too soon, That they with the planet may rest and arise, And flourish, with bearing most plentiful! wise.
Page 66 - God.6 [They always go in a state of dirt and uncleanness, devoid of respect for themselves, or for those who see them, unwashed, unkempt, and sordidly attired.] These people also have a custom which I must tell you. If a man is condemned to death and executed by the lawful authority, they take his body and cook and eat it. But if any one die a natural death then they will not eat the...
Page 12 - In such a night Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew And saw the lion's shadow ere himself And ran dismayed away. LORENZO. In such a night Stood Dido with a willow in her hand Upon the wild sea banks and waft her love To come again to Carthage. JESSICA. In such a night Medea gathered the enchanted herbs That did renew old Aeson.
Page 148 - 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 V Often these Mantra-sastrls are mere fortune-tellers.
Page 170 - The people think that one man is thus singled out as a scapegoat for the sins of the rest of the village. In the temple of the Moon the Albanians of the Eastern Caucasus kept a number of sacred slaves, of whom many were inspired and prophesied. When one of these men exhibited more than usual symptoms of inspiration...
Page 178 - Racshases rend in pieces an obla' tion which has no such preservative. 205. ' Let an offering to the gods be made at the ' beginning and end of the srdddha : it must not begin ' and end with an offering to ancestors ; for he, who ' begins and ends it with an oblation to the Pitris, ' quickly perishes with his progeny.
Page 165 - ... noise they intended to make might not excite any alarm, and bring down upon them the visit of the soldiery. It was, however, subsequently determined, that the animal should be a goat ; and he was driven before the crowd accordingly. I have on several occasions been requested to allow of such noisy poojahs in cases of epidemics ; and the confidence the people feel in their efficacy has no doubt a good effect.

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