Hindu Tribes and Castes, Volume 1

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Thacker, Spink & Company, 1872 - Caste - 405 pages
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Page 259 - Pdtanjala school of philosophy, which, amongst other tenets, maintained the practicability of acquiring, even in life, entire command over elementary matter by means of certain ascetic practices.
Page 272 - as the genealogists of proud and ignorant chiefs; and favoured individuals often combine with that office the station of counsellors, and establish an ascendancy over the minds of their superior, which is stronger from being grounded upon a mysterious feeling of awe. It is to them that the proudest Rajpoot looks for solace in adversity, and for increased joy and exultation in prosperity
Page 392 - Sudra wife ; and the Vaidiha of a Vaisya husband and Brahman wife. If the workers in leather of the present day are lineal descendants of the workers in leather in Manu's time, the Chamars may fairly consider themselves of no mean degree, as they may hold up their heads boldly in the presence of the superior castes. — SHEERING. * Chamunda — Was an emanation of the goddess Durga or Uma, springing from her forehead to encounter the demons Chanda and Munda.
Page 278 - Panjab the chief civil administrators, and have almost all literate work in their hands. So far as the Sikhs have a priesthood, they are, moreover, the priests or gurus of the Sikhs.
Page 153 - Sudras, who owned the neighbouring country. The procession then went on to Parenda, and returning conducted the bride to her home. Just before the Holi festival, a party headed by...
Page 109 - ... clever, and so, being to a great degree above manual labour, they are an excessive and somewhat oppressive bureaucracy, which not only has ruled Kashmir under every successive Government, but sends out colonies to seek a livelihood throughout Northern India. The Kashmir BrAhmans are quite High Aryan in the type of their features, very fair and handsome, with high chiselled features, and no trace of intermixture of the blood of any lower race. It may be partly race and partly occupation, but they...
Page xxii - ... on the backs of the cattle in districts where, for want of roads, carts cannot be employed. Sir Arthur Wellesley in his Dispatches refers to their value as carriers of grain ; but they were also addicted to plundering villages or travellers whenever an opportunity occurred. Caste — (Page 123) "There is one peculiarity observable in all the castes in modern days, not to be found in any one of them in primitive ages. The facility for intermarriages has given place to rigid exclusiveness, so that...
Page 279 - No village can get on without the Khatri who keeps the accounts, does the banking business, and buys and sells the grain. They seem, too, to get on with the people better than most traders and usurers of this kind. In Afghanistan, among a rough and alien people, the Khatris...
Page 279 - ... confined to the position of humble dealers, shopkeepers and moneylenders ; but in that capacity the Pathans seem to look on them as a kind of valuable animal, and a Pathan will steal another man's Khatri...
Page 157 - ... clan take great pride in this quaint tradition. A Baghel may not marry but with a Baghel, under penalty of excommunication. The most notorious gang of dacoits who for three generations has infested the south of this district are of this clan, and this claim of consanguinity with the Rewah Maharajah has ensured their constant protection in his territories : and certainly the savage nature of the prototype of their race has pervaded the acts of these noted robbers. Each of their feats has shown...

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