The history of India ... to the accession of the Mogul dynasty

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Page 47 - Arrian and other authors, will shew how nearly the ancient inhabitants resemble the present. 1. The slender make of their bodies ; 2, their living on vegetable food ; 3, distribution into sects and classes; 4, marriages at seven years of age, and the prohibition of marriages between different...
Page 226 - Lord of the Navigation, Conquest, and Commerce of Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia, and India.
Page 69 - ... the Annals of Princes,' namely, " that the Sesodia race is of the seed of Noshizad, " son of Noshirwan, or of that of Maha-Banoo, daughter of Yezdegird," we arrive at a singular and startling conclusion, viz., that the ' Hindua Sooraj, descendant of a hundred kings,' the undisputed possessor of the honours of Rama, the patriarch of the Solar race, is the issue of a Christian princess...
Page 88 - There are here a thousand edifices as firm as the faith of the faithful; most of them of marble, besides innumerable temples; nor is it likely this city has attained its present condition but at the expense of many millions of dinars, nor should such another be constructed under a period of two centuries."7...
Page 86 - Mahmud replied : The religion of the faithful inculcates the following tenet : ' That in proportion as the tenets of the Prophet are diffused, and his followers exert themselves in the subversion of idolatry, so shall be their reward in heaven...
Page 94 - ... manuscripts, and a museum of natural curiosities. He set aside a lac of rupees a year for pensions to learned men, and his munificence brought together a larger assembly of literary genius than was to be found in any other Asiatic court. In the space of thirty years, he extended his dominions from the Persian gulf to the sea of Aral, and from the mountains of Curdestan to the banks of the Sutlege ; yet while in possession of this great empire, he considered it his highest glory to be designated...
Page 47 - Manner of taking elephants ; the same as in the present age. 10. Manufactures of cotton, of extraordinary whiteness. 11. Monstrous ants : by which the Termites, or white ants, are meant ; though exaggerated. 12. Wooden houses, on the banks of large rivers ; to be occasionally removed, as the river...
Page 68 - It is well known that the Rajahs of Oodipoor are exalted over all the princes of Hind. Other Hindu princes, before they can succeed to the throne of their fathers, must receive the khushka, or tiluk of regality and investiture, from them. This type of sovereignty is received with humility and veneration. The khushka of these princes is made with human blood : their title is Rana, and they deduce their...
Page 184 - Sultan Mahmud was polite, brave, just, and learned; and during his reign, his subjects, Muhammadans as well as Hindus, were happy, and maintained a friendly intercourse with each other. Scarcely a year passed that he did not take the field, so that his tent became his home, and the field of battle, his resting place.
Page 206 - Ahmad Shaw not stopping to besiege the city, overran the open country, and wherever he came, put to death men, women, and children, without mercy, contrary to the compact made by his ancestor Mahummud Shaw with the roies of Beejanuggur. Laying aside all humanity, whenever the number of the slain amounted to twenty thousand, he halted three days, and made a festival in celebration of the bloody work. He broke down the idol temples, and destroyed the colleges of the Bramins. During these operations...

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