Two Lectures On The Religious Practices And Opinions Of The Hindus; Delivered Before The University…

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byHorace Hayman Wilson

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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. 1811. Excerpt: ... or his powers to create, preserve, and destroy, or, rather, regenerate--manifested. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the preserver, Siva the regenerator. Their invention was probably at first little more than a metaphor, a personification, or allegory. It has been mentioned, that little beyond their names appears in the Vedas regarding them, and it is doubtful how far any definite figures, any images of them, any temples for them, any worship of them, formed part of the ancient religion. It is doubtful if Brahma was ever worshipped. Indications of a local adoration of him at Pushkara, near Ajmir, are found in one Purana, the Brahma Purana, but in no other part of India is there the slightest vestige of his worship. Of Siva, it is also to be remarked, that he receives worship under one form alone--that of the Linga or Phallus, of which, as before observed, no notice occurs in the Vedas. Some of the continental mythologists, therefore, have been egregiously mistaken in asserting that the primitive worship of India was that of the phallic emblem of Siva. When this type was introduced is uncertain: it was, probably, prior to the Christian era. The worship was in its most flourishing state at the date of the first Mohammedan invasion, the end of the tenth century, when twelve celebrated Lingas were enshrined in as many of the capital cities of India. Somnath was one of them, the destruction of whose temple by Mahmood, of Ghizni, is narrated by Gibbon. The worship of the Linga is now in a somewhat dubious condition in different parts of India. In the south, it gives a name and a principle of combination to a particular sect--the Jangamas or Lingayits, whose chief priests are Pariahs, outcasts,--although the votaries include Brahmans, and Brahmans are in some of th...

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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. 1811. Excerpt: ... or his powers to create, preserve, and destroy, or, rather, regenerate--manifested. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the preserve...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217412726

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