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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 variation in 1817. It used to be a very 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, setting up the Serampore undertaking Press in 1800 and Serampore university in 1818. Ward committed 20 years to compiling his learn of Hindu literature, heritage, mythology and faith, which used to be ultimately released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly precise details, and used to be considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it truly is for that reason nonetheless a major resource for researchers in parts together with Indian historical past, British colonialism, Orientalism and spiritual experiences. quantity 2 specializes in locations of worship, ritual practices, and ideology approximately demise and reincarnation.

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He must now wash from his face the mark on his forehead made the day before ; then scrape and wash his tongue, taking care that the blood does not flow. If in cleansing his teeth he should make them bleed, be becomes unclean, and is disqualified for perform­ ing any religious ceremony on that day. If, however, he make his teeth bleed by the side of the Ganges, he does not become unclean. He must next gather flowers for worship on the hanks of a pool -0r river. If �ny one forbid him, he must willingly desist ; if any are given him by a bramhun, he must receive them ; but not if a shoodru offer them : if a person have them to sell, he must give him what he asks.

THE Shyama festival is held monthly by certain Hindoos. ·The shraddhu should be repeated monthly. Some persons, not able to attend to the weekly ceremonies connected with their vows, perform them monthly. SECT. -Annt1af· Festival$. ntee, Onnu-poorna, PhUlU­ haree, Shivu, Krishn u, Guneshu, &c. are held annually. Two festivals ·of Shiv'ii and nine of Krishnu are annual. The following account of the Hindoo festivals in each month of the year is taken from the Tit'hee-tUttwu :• It is rather singular, that both in the European and Rindoo mytho.

Shivu! thou art every thing ; thou unitest all the gods in thyself ; thou canst do all things,' &c. during which he offers with proper forms water, flowers, &c. to the god ; and then re­ peats for some time the name of his guardian cleity. At noon, after bathing, he repeats certain forms from the vedu; and worships Shi vu, his guardian deity, and other gods, with the usual forms and offerings ; pours out drink-offerings to p 2 THE HINDOO MYTHOLOGY. deceased ancestors, and repeats the name of his guardian deity.

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