A View of the History, Literature, and Religion of the by William Ward

By William Ward

William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal was once first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd version in 1817. It used to be an exceptionally influential paintings that formed British perspectives of the newly outlined entity of 'Hinduism' within the early 19th century. Ward and his fellow missionaries promoted social reforms and schooling, developing the Serampore venture Press in 1800 and Serampore collage in 1818. Ward dedicated two decades to compiling his research of Hindu literature, background, mythology and faith, which was once finally released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly designated info, and was once considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it's as a result nonetheless a massive resource for researchers in parts together with Indian heritage, British colonialism, Orientalism and non secular reports. quantity 1 describes and categorises Hindu deities and items of worship, celestial, terrestrial, animate and inanimate.

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The Hindoo mythology, in its present mixed state, presents us with gods of every possible shape, and for every possible purfounded on the doctrine which maintains two principles in nature, matter or darkness, and spirit or intelligence. ' Maurice. b In this island of Albion, the image of the sun was placed upon an high pillar, as half a man, with a face full of rays of light, and a flaming wheel on his breast. He was worshipped in the same manner as Mi tin a in Persia, and the divinities of the East.

This goddess is also worshipped to procure the removal of cutaneous diseases. 20. Munusa, the queen of the snakes, or she who protects men ON THE HINDOO RELIGION. xxxix From their fatal bite. The lower orders crowd to the three annual festivals held in honour of this goddess. 21. Shitsht'hee, the goddess of fecundity. She is honoured with six annual festivals, celebrated chiefly by females. Her image is that of a yellow woman, sitting on a cat, and nursing a child ; though, in general, a rough stone, painted on the top, and placed under a tree, is the object worshipped.

These may be considered as the celestial deities worshipped by the Hindoos. The terrestrial goddesses are, Seeta, the wife of Ramii k ; Radha, the mistress of Krishnii ; Rookminee and Sutyu-bhama, the wives of Krishnii; and Soobhildra, the sister of Jugunnat'hii1. The terrestrial gods are the following :— 1. Krishnu resembles Apollo in his licentious intrigues ; in his being a herdsmanm, and an archer; in his destroying a dreadful serpent; in his love of music; and in the celebrity to which he attained.

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