By William Ward
William Ward's account of the Hindu groups between whom he served as a Baptist missionary in Serampore in West Bengal used to be first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd version 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, developing the Serampore venture Press in 1800 and Serampore collage in 1818. Ward committed 20 years to compiling his research of Hindu literature, historical past, mythology and faith, which was once ultimately released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly exact details, and used to be considered as authoritative for the following fifty years. it really is consequently nonetheless an incredible resource for researchers in components together with Indian historical past, British colonialism, Orientalism and non secular stories. quantity 2 makes a speciality of areas of worship, ritual practices, and ideology approximately loss of life and reincarnation.
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One of the family washes his feet, and all afterwards drink some of the dirty water with which his feet have been washed ; the water which remains is pre Others present to him flowers, or anoint his body served. with oil, or bathe him by pouring water on his head. After they have all bathed, they again worship the gooroo's feet, by presenting flowers, sweetmeats, &c. repeating incanta tions. The gooroo is then entertained. Of the little that he lea\'es, each one seizes a morsel with eagerness.
About seven years ago, at the village of Serampore, n ear Kutwa, before the temple of the goddess Tara, a human 11. This man observed a �oluntary silence, and refused all intercourH with human beings, that he might avoid injuring anY. 0011. VOJ.. II, H THE HINDOO MYTHOLOGY1 body was found wiihout a head ; and in the i ns ide of the temple different offerings, as ornaments, food, flowers, spi rituous liquors, &c. All who saw it knew; that a human victim bad been slaughtered in the night; and search was made after the murderers, but in vain.
At Chit-pooru, and at Kalee-ghatU 1, near Calcutta, it is said, that human sacrifices have been occasionally offered. e-ghatu. Both lhese one of them was seen by my informant iying on the ground after the action, the blood running from bis mouth. At Jwala-mookhil, to the N. W. of Delhi, from time immemorial infalll· ated Hindoo� have cut out their tongues, and off�red them to Slltcc, whom this place is sacred, and where the tongu� of this goddess is to sup· pose