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 was once first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd variation in 1817. It used to be 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, developing the Serampore challenge Press in 1800 and Serampore collage in 1818. Ward committed two decades to compiling his research of Hindu literature, heritage, mythology and faith, which used to be ultimately released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly certain info, and was once considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it's hence nonetheless an incredible resource for researchers in parts together with Indian heritage, British colonialism, Orientalism and spiritual experiences. quantity 1 describes and categorises Hindu deities and items of worship, celestial, terrestrial, animate and inanimate.

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He is called the Preserver, but the actions ascribed to him under this character are referred to other forms and names. The shalgramu, a stone, is a form of Vishnoo. During four months of the year, all the forms of this god are laid to sleep. From the agreement of this fact with what is said of Horus, Mr. Paterson gathers a resemblance betwixt Vislinoo and Horus, and supposes that the Hindoos derived their system from the Egyptian: he conjectures, also, that the fable of Vishnoo's lying down to sleep, turning to one side, and rising, refer to the increase, the greatest rise, and the retiring of the waters-of the Ganges, the Indian Nile.

This is the king of heaven, and the infamous violator of the wife of hjs religious guide : he is painted as a yellow man, sitting on an elephant, with a thunder-bolt in one hand, and a club in the other; and, like Argus, is full of eyes. All the attributes of his image are only the signs of his office as a king. He has one annual festival, and is very famous in' the near Serampore, asked the "officiating bramhun to give him a proof that the idol was able to converse with him. The bramhun entered the temple, shutting the door after him, and the visitor, astonished at immediately hearing voices, interrogated the priest respecting it, who solemnly affirmed from within, that it was Jugtinnat'hu who was speaking;—but the visitor, determined to ascertain so interesting a fact, forced open the temple door, and—whom should he see, inquisitive reader, but the mistress of the officiating bramhun i <• This is the famous image worshipped at Kalee-Ghatu, near Calcutta.

I. page 75. ' Pluto had a rod in his hand; Yumu is called Dundii-dhuru, because he holds in his hand the rod of punishment. Yumu is the shraddhii deVii, or the regent of funeral rites; and the institution of funeral obsequies is ascribed to Pluto. The dead, in going to Yumu's judgment-hall, cross Voitiirunee, the Indian styx u ; the waters of which, like those of Phlegethon, the fourth river of hell which the dead were obliged to cross, are said to be boiling hot. Yumu has several assistants, like Minos, who keep a register of human actions.

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