A View of the History, Literature, and Religion of the by William Ward

By William Ward

William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal used to be first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd version in 1817. It used to be a really influential paintings that formed British perspectives of the newly outlined entity of 'Hinduism' within the early 19th century. Ward and his fellow missionaries promoted social reforms and schooling, developing the Serampore project Press in 1800 and Serampore collage in 1818. Ward dedicated two decades to compiling his learn of Hindu literature, historical past, mythology and faith, which was once ultimately released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly certain details, and used to be considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it truly is for that reason nonetheless a massive resource for researchers in parts together with Indian heritage, British colonialism, Orientalism and spiritual reviews. quantity 1 describes and categorises Hindu deities and items of worship, celestial, terrestrial, animate and inanimate.

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Songs in b 2 xii INTRODUCTORY REMARKS praise of Krishnii are very common amongst this sect; and sometimes an enthusiast falls to the ground while singing, and exhibits all the symptoms of superstitious frenzy. These persons reject many of the Hindoo ceremonies; but they repeat the name of Krishnu, worship the common images of this god, and observe the national festivals to his honour. Some individuals are directed in their religious duties by the Hindoo writings : but the great body are enthusiasts, following the impulse of feelings enkindled by their own impure imaginations.

Brumha. This god may be properly noticed first, as he is called the creator, and the grandfather of gods and men; in the latter designation he resembles Jupiter, as well as in the lasciviousness of his conduct, having betrayed a criminal passion towards'his own daughter. Brumha's image is never worshipped, nor even made; but the Chundee describes it as that of a red man with four faces P. He is red, as a mark of his being full of the ruju goonu; he has four faces, to remind the worshipper that thev&lus proceeded from his four mouths.

A boy who was ploughed up out of the ground among the Tuscans, gave rise to the order of Roman priests, whose business it was to divine from appearances in the annual sacrifice. 1 m It does not appear that Jugunnat'hu was ever married. The pooranus contain a story of this god much resembling that of Mercury's stealing a cow from Apollo. In the Hindoo fable, Brumha is the thief. " Sometimes Hindoos are seen licking up the very dust of the place xl INTRODUCTORY REMARKS milk-maids, and especially with Radha, his favourite mistress, are familiar to every Hindoo, being incorporated into their popular songs, and the image of Radha being placed by that of Krishnu in many of the temples.

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