A manual of the Salem district in the presidency of Madras

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1883
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Page 286 - Pandu is equivalent to terming it Cyclopean in Greece, a work of the Picta in Scotland,' or a work of Nimrud in Asiatic Turkey, and means only that the structure to which the name. is. applied was erected in some remote age, by a people of whom nothing is now known.
Page 79 - The sons, when mere children, are married to mature females, and the father-inlaw of the bride assumes the performance of the procreative function, thus assuring for himself and his son a descendant to take them out of ' Put. ' When the putative father comes of age, and in their turn his wife's male offspring are married, he performs for them the same office which his father did for him.
Page 126 - THE average rent of cultivated land in this country is not more than three shillings an acre. Waste lands pay nothing. The inhabitants graze their cattle and cut wood upon them, without being subject to any demand : laying down fields in clover, and different kinds of grass, is unknown in this country, where all the pasture is spontaneous. The average rent of the whole body of farmers is not more than ten pagodas each. I am pretty sure that there is not a man among them who is worth &OOL, and that,...
Page 218 - ... that besides watering abundantly every herb and tree, there is always a depth of ten or twelve feet of clear water for bathing. I have numbers of young orange, mango, and other fruit-trees in a very thriving state.
Page 244 - I looked at you carelessly, as coldly as if I never had seen you. I thought you were one of Graham's female cousins whom he had just returned from visiting, and I declared that it was highly improper that the gravity of our deliberations should be interrupted by women. I had...
Page 244 - I thought you were one of Graham's female cousins whom he had just returned from visiting, and I declared that it was highly improper that the gravity of our deliberations should be interrupted by women. I had just seized you, to force you into your dark retreat, when the secret was discovered. You may easily guess that I granted you a reprieve, and surveyed you with more...
Page 217 - Derampoory, sheltered on one side by a lofty range of mountains, and on the other by an aged grove of mangoes. I made a tank in it about a hundred feet square, lined with stone steps ; and the spring is so...
Page 282 - ... it in a little cafe within a cheft, bury it under ground. All the fruits and flowers that they gather within a year after the burial, they fcatter on the grave of the deceafed ; but...
Page 80 - ... son a descendant to take them out of Put. When the putative father comes of age, and in their turn his wife's male offspring are married, he performs for them the same office which his father did for him. Thus not only is the religious idea involved in the words Pntra and Kumaraa carried out, but also the premature strain on the generative faculties, which this tradition entails, is avoided. The accommodation is reciprocal, and there is something on physiological grounds to recommend *
Page 310 - Friday concerned must not follow newmoon days. They are indifferent about choosing a ' lakkinam ' (muhurtham or auspicious day) for the commencement of the marriage, or for tying the tali. Widows are allowed to remarry. When a virgin or a widow has to be married, the selection of a husband is not left to the woman concerned, or to her parents.

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