Indian Folk Tales; Being Side-lights On Village Life In Bilaspore, Central Provinces

Paperback | May 17, 2012

byE. M. Gordon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...buried a prominent man of this caste. It so happened that a Gosai of some importance died when I was in the neighbourhood, and I seized the opportunity of gathering from the eye-witnesses full information concerning the burial. Immediately after death the body was washed and covered with moist ashes. A deep hole was then dug in the high bank of the lake, and the body was placed in this hole in a sitting posture, with legs crossed, similar to the position in which Buddha is so often represented. The face was turned towards the north, and the body was meagrely clothed, having only a langoti, or scanty loin-cloth. Another piece of cloth, reddish in colour, was cut open in the centre, and the head was put through this opening, so that the cloth rested on the shoulders. It seems strange that in Exod. xxviii. 31, 32 (R.V.) we read of "the robe of the ephod all of blue" which was to "have a hole for the head in the midst thereof." Under the right arm was placed ajholi or bag, the string of which went around the shoulder. The right hand, which held a chapati, or cake of unleavened bread, was placed to the mouth. Inside the mouth was placed the udraj, i.e., one of the sacred beads which mendicants wear around the neck. In the mouth was also placed a leaf of the Bael-tree (sEgle marmelos), and by the side of the body was a stick, and also a kamandal, or water vessel, made of a gourd such as mendicants carry. By the side of the body was a pair of wooden sandals. The body was surrounded with large quantities of salt, and the earth was then filled in. On the mound over the grave was placed a Siv, i.e., a stone, which is connected with Phallic worship, and the fellow caste-men went around the grave seven times sprinkling rice on the Siv. Every night a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...buried a prominent man of this caste. It so happened that a Gosai of some importance died when I was in the neighbourhood, and I...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021796172X

ISBN - 13:9780217961721

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