Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies: The Classic First Hand Account of India in the Early Nineteenth Century

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Courier Corporation, 1897 - Religion - 741 pages
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Based on an 1815 manuscript by a French missionary, this comprehensive work offers a unique panorama of early-19th-century Indian life. Caste system, ceremonial procedures, rules and etiquette, marriage, fasting, widowhood, funerary rites, literature, religion, much more. Index. 6 Appendices. Black-and-white illustration.
  

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beautiful book,accounts the authors stay in india and his first hand account, both as missionary and as a layman..more so by a French..mostly of then Madras Presidency with authentication from High caste Hindu.

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Once in a awhile you come across a book in which the narrative throws more light on the author than the subject, this happens to be one such book. The author comes across more like a bigoted and ignorant village idiot from Europe transplanted in the middle of Indian population rather than a genuine scholar studying an alien population with an open mind. Abbe Dubois was a missionary who was trying to play the role of an anthropologist with no concern about the rules of objective anthropology. East India Company's payment of a large sum probably made him make his writing even more colorful and entertaining to his European audience. It is hard to believe he came out of France at a time of enlightenment.
According to author, he termed anyone with religious views different from his own as superstitious. Anyone who did not accept his teachings was portrayed as a fanatic. According to his claims that the entire brahmin population was "naturally cunning, deceitful, superstitious and fanatic", an impossibility in the real world. The author claimed that he did not find anything good in India. According to him their vegetables are less nutritious, their fruits are less tasty and their flowers are not fragrant. Indian forests are full of "bad and cruel animals like tigers and elephants". I am surprised that this book carries credibility in this modern age. The climate made the people dull and lazy. This is typical nineteenth century European scholarship which has no place in the twenty-first century pluralistic world. This book belongs in the dust bin of history.
The narrative is so bad that the translator, H.K. Beauchamp, frequently inserted his own remarks on the original author being mistaken so often. Author believed in the historicity of Bible and that all the human population being the descendants of Noah's three sons carrying the original curse, so, he himself was superstitious. He calling Indians superstitious is like kettle calling pot black. Without any hesitation I would write off this book as garbage.
 

Contents

AUTHORS PREFACE 1J3
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CONTENTS
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PART I
14
Similar Divisions amongst many Ancient Nations 2737
27
Expulsion from Caste Cases in which such
38
lera or Cobblers and others equally low Contempt in which they
48
The Poverty of the Hindus 8097
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The General Contempt for Widows Remarriages forbidden 350355
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The Custom which at times obliges Widows
355
Adoption Rules regarding the Partition
368
The Learning of the Brahmins Their Colleges
376
Shan Mata Tho Doctrine of the Buddhists 401415
401
Chronology of the Brahmins The Epoch
415
in Honour of the Dead 489500
489
The Third Condition of Brahmins viz Vana
500

The Mythical Origin of the Brahmins Their
97
by which they are distinguishable 108111
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true GuruTheir Temporal and Spiritual Power The Fear
123
Private Ceremonies The Hindu Almanac as published by
134
the Brahmins and of other Castes The Samkalpa Puja
143
Confinement Ceremonies performed over Infants 155159
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lowed Rights acquired by investiture with the Cord The
170
should take to avoid them His Conduct in this respect Means
178
Internal Defilements Abstinence from
186
Defilements of the Soul and the Means of Purifica
194
Marriage amongst Brahmins and other Hindus
205
Introduction Forms to be observed when relieving Nature
235
Brahminical Fasts The Custom of Rubbing
269
The Kinds of Food expressly forbidden to Brah
282
Their Indifference with regard to their own Religion Theu Sub
295
The Morality of Brahmins Their Deceit
306
other Hindus Their Physical Defects Remarks on the Kakre1aka
316
other Hindus Modes of Greeting 326331
326
The Ornaments worn by Hindus The Dif
332
Sacrifice of the Yagnam The Lesser Yagnam The Greater
509
The Penance of the Vanaprasthaa Modern Gymnosophists
517
Its Various Stages What it consists of and how Hindu Devo
528
The Funeral Ceremonies of Brahmin Sann
538
Origin of the Trimurti and the Primitive Idolatry
542
Metempsychosis Explanation of this Religious
556
Feast of the Household Gods Commemoration of the Dead
567
Hindu Temples Ceremonies performed in them
577
The Principal Gods of the Hindus Brahma
612
keys Of Bulls Of the Gvntda Bird Of Snakes Of Fishes
636
Stxme The Tvlasi Darbha Grass The Sacred FigTree 648653
648
tice Customs connected with Usury Various Kinds of Punish
654
and Modern Methods of Warfare The Material formerly
667
The Jains Differences between them and
685
APPENDIX TL The EkaDasi or Eleventh Day of the Moon 701706
701
Rules of Conduct for Women during their
708
Trial by Ordeal Its Different Forms 717722
717
INDEX 723741
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