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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 variation in 1817. It was once an exceptionally 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 undertaking Press in 1800 and Serampore university in 1818. Ward dedicated two decades to compiling his learn of Hindu literature, heritage, mythology and faith, which was once ultimately released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly targeted info, and was once considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it truly is accordingly nonetheless an immense resource for researchers in parts together with Indian historical past, British colonialism, Orientalism and spiritual reports. quantity 2 specializes in areas of worship, ritual practices, and ideology approximately demise and reincarnation.

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Up. mhuns cat the offerings. curds, butter, sweetmeats, fruits, &c. are prcsen ted, and at this hour people come to the temple to look at the god and make . their obeisnnce. After the set­ ting of the sun, a lamp is brought into the temple, and a small quantity of milk, sweetnwats, &c. are offered. The priests wave a lamp of five lights before the image, r ing a small bell, present ·water to wash the m outh, face, and feet, and a towel d. After the offerings have continued before the p:od about ten minutes, tl1ey are withdrawn, as well as the lamp, and the god is shut up i n the dark all night.

The business of a religious guide is very profitable. obtain a thousand disdples ; and all are ambitious of guiding the rich. Upon a moderate calculation, the gooroo of a thousand disciples receives in presents much more than a thousand roopees annually. A poor man generally gives his gooroo a roopee a year, or if he visit him twice a year, two roopees. One or two of the Gosaees, descendants of Choitunyu, have two or three tl10usand disciples. OGY. ' The disciple is exceedingly alarmed at the curse of his gooroo, and if in a short time any of the family die, his neighbours ascribe it to this curse.

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. If he perceive any evil smell ,remaining on his hands or feet, he must wash them aga i n. If t11e bramhtm have no water-pot, he must wash himself in this ul'anner in a common pool or river, and take care that he come out of the water clean.

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