A Manual of the District of Vizagapatam, in the Presidency of Madras

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David Freemantle Carmichael
Thomas, 1869 - 398 страници
 

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Страница 325 - , he says, " always succeeded by the sacrifice of three human beings, two to the sun to the east and west of the village, and one in the centre, with the usual barbarities of the Meriah. A stout wooden post about six feet long is firmly fixed in the ground, at the foot of it a narrow grave is dug, and to the top of the post the victim is firmly fastened by the long hair of his head. Four assistants hold his outstretched arras and legs, the body being suspended horizontally over the grave, with the...
Страница 178 - By nine o'clock, several of the battlements were broken, when all the leading parties of the four divisions advanced, at the same time, with scaling ladders ; but after much endeavour for an hour, not a man had been able to get over the parapet, and many...
Страница 94 - Far into the night the principals in the scene are raised by an uncle of each upon his shoulders, and borne through the dance. The burdens are suddenly exchanged, and the uncle of the youth disappears with the bride. The assembly divides itself into two parties. The friends of the bride endeavour to arrest, those of the bridegroom to cover her flight, and men, women, and children mingle in mock conflict.
Страница 186 - Jang will oblige the French troops which are in his country to pass the river Ganges within fifteen days ; or send them to Pondicherry, or to any other place out of the Deccan country, on the other side of the river...
Страница 55 - is as separate from indecency in the Hindu mind as circumcision is in the Mahomedan mind. The...
Страница 179 - His fall increased, if possible, the desperation of his friends ; who, crowding to revenge his death, left the other parts of the ramparts bare ; and the other divisions of the French troops, having advanced likewise to...
Страница 186 - Raz to an account for what he has collected out of the Circars belonging to the French, nor for the computation of the revenues of his own country, in the present year ; but let him remain peaceable in...
Страница 325 - On account of this sacrifice, you have given to kings kingdoms, guns, and swords. The sacrifice we now offer you must eat, and we pray that our battle-axes may be converted into swords, our bows and arrows into gunpowder and balls ; and, if we have any quarrels with other tribes, give us the victory. Preserve us from the tyranny of kings and their officers.
Страница 8 - ... singular and general use: the flowers are of a nature very extraordinary, differing essentially from almost every other plant, not having in any respect the usual appearance of such, but rather resembling berries, falling spontaneously as they ripen. They are gathered and dried by a few days exposure in the sun; when thus prepared they very much resemble a dried grape, both in taste and flavour. Either eaten raw or dressed, they afford a wholesome strengthening food ; but they are often applied...
Страница 81 - India ; but what gives most" delight to the peasant is a play in which the scenes that he is familiar with are exhibited. The new manager or renter of a district, for instance, is exhibited on the stage with his whole train of officers and attendants : every air of consequence is assumed by the new superior, every form of office is ostensibly displayed ; the Potails and villagers are alternately threatened and cajoled, till they succeed in pacifying the great man by agreeing to his terms, or by gaining...

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