An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal: And of the Territories Annexed to this Dominion by the House of Gorkha

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A. Constable, 1819 - Ethnology - 364 pages

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A very truthful history of Nepal

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Page 99 - The genius of a government unacquainted alike with the posture and implied restraints imposed by a precise, not to say immutable law or constitution, and taking its colour, for the most part, from the character and temporary views of the ruling individual, must necessarily be of too fugitive a nature to admit of any delineation equally applicable to all periods and circumstances.
Page 14 - The language spoken by the mountain Hindus in the vicinity of Kathmandu, is usually called the Parbatiya basha, or mountain dialect; but west from the capital, it is more commonly known by the name Khas basha, or dialect of the Khas country, because it seems to have been first introduced into the territory of that...
Page 49 - ... that they are tolerably well skilled in some of the most useful arts. They are in general of a middle size, with broad shoulders and chest, very stout limbs, round and rather flat faces, small eyes, low and somewhat spreading noses, and, finally, open and cheerful countenances ; yet I cannot agree with those who affirm that there is in the general physiognomy of these people, any striking resemblance to the Chinese features.
Page 33 - Achars, who at the sacrifices read the forms of prayer (Mantras) proper for the occasion, but retire when the animal is about to be killed by the Got who represents Bhairavi. The shrine, in which the images of the gods are kept, is always shut, and no person is allowed to enter but the priest (Pujari) and the Gots, who personate in masks these deities.
Page 97 - The Gorkhalese pretend, that it is one of their principal securities against invasion from the low countries ; and that they could so infect all the waters on the route by which an enemy was advancing, as to occasion his certain destruction.
Page 54 - Lamas are the priests of the sect of Bouddh, in Thibet and the adjacent territories, and are monks, who have nominally at least forsaken the pleasures of the world. They totally reject the doctrine of cast, and a person of any nation may be admitted into the order. The whole, at least of those at a distance, consider themselves as under the authority of Sakya Gomba, who came from India about the time of Jesus Christ, and has ever since resided at Lassa, where he remains in perpetual youth. On this...
Page 78 - Ammonites, half imbedded in a ball of stone, exactly of the same nature with the petrified animal. Others, which are reckoned the most valuable, are balls containing a cavity formed by an Ammonite, that has afterwards decayed, and left only its impression, or they are what Wallerius calls Typolithi Ammonitarum. The Ammonites or their impressions are called the Chakras or wheels of the Salagrams, but are sometimes wanting.
Page 203 - Cali (the western branch of the Goggra), beyond which is the British district of Kumaon. The lowest part of the ancient Nepaul kingdom, stretched into the great plain of Hindostan ; the great valley of Nepaul whose northernmost boundary lies about 27 50' north latitude, is twentytwo miles from east to west, and twenty miles from north to south. Nepal in its extreme length may be estimated at four hundred and sixty, and its breadth at one hundred and fifteen miles. This singular country consists...
Page 222 - November the harvest is completed, after which a considerable portion of the land is cultivated for wheat or other winter crops. The Puya rice is cut down close by the ground. The finer kinds of rice are immediately thrashed, as is likewise all that which is intended for seed ; but the greater part is made into what is called Hakuya. This is done with a view of correcting its unwholesome quality: for all the grain produced in the valley of Nepal is thought by the natives to be of a pernicious nature....
Page 53 - ... considerable tribe of Nepal, taken in its most extended sense, are the Lapchas, who occupy the country between the Kankayi and Tista, and from that of the Kiratas ; but by most Hindus they are included under this odious name. Their manners were very nearly the same with those of the Kirats. The Lapchas are a set of vigorous barbarians, about one half of whom had been deluded by the monkish austerities, and superior learning of the Lamas.

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