By William Ward

William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal was once first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd version in 1817. It was once a very 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, setting up the Serampore venture Press in 1800 and Serampore university in 1818. Ward committed two decades to compiling his learn of Hindu literature, background, mythology and faith, which used to be finally released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly designated details, and used to be considered as authoritative for the following fifty years. it's for this reason nonetheless a massive resource for researchers in components together with Indian background, British colonialism, Orientalism and spiritual experiences. quantity 2 specializes in areas of worship, ritual practices, and ideology approximately loss of life and reincarnation.

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In his hand, meet a shoOdru who is ignorant of the n1les of the 6bastrll, he forbid s h'i111 to bow to him ; but in general th� lower orders know tbls custom. THE HINDOO MYTHOLOGY. Sl afterwards repeat m any incantations, and perform viz. o Jitt'e fingers his nostrils, and then immerse himself three or four times ; then with his hands joined throw up water to his head ; then repeat other incan­ joined hands, he to the sun ; then washing his body, and r epeating certain prayers, that he may ascend to some heaven, or receive some temporal good, he must again im­ .

It is unlawful to attend to the offices of nature on a road, in the shade, where cattle graze, in the fire, or water, in a plough­ ed field, where dead bodies are burnt, upon a mountain, on th� ruins of a temple, on an ant-hill, in a ditch, or by the side of a river 0• • After this, he must go to a more The wife of Ravflnu. '" A kin�. k A serpe11t.. Ntlltt. ,ther king. • 80 I; W1· is this regarded, that almost all the lower orders of Hindoos go to the Ganges. THE HINDOO MYTHOLOGY. �pot, and taking some good earth, cleanse the left hand ten times, then both hands seven times, and the back of the left hand six times ; then his nails ; then wash his hands ; each foot three times ; and then rince both feet.

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