Human Sacrifices in India: Substance of the Speech of John Poynder, Esq. at the Courts of Proprietors of East India Stock, Held on the 21st and 28th Days of March, 1827 ...

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J. Hatchard and Son, 1827 - Death - 261 pages
 

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Page 219 - ... pilgrim announced that he was ready to offer himself a sacrifice to the idol. He laid himself down in the road before the tower as it was moving along, lying on his face, with his arms stretched forwards. The multitude passed round him, leaving the space clear, and he was crushed to death by the wheels of the tower. A shout of joy was raised to the god. He is said to smile when the libation of the blood is made. The people threw cowries, or small money, on the body of the victim, in approbation...
Page 220 - I beheld another distressing scene this morning at the Place of Skulls ; — a poor woman lying dead, or nearly dead, and her two children by her, looking at the dogs and vultures which were near. The people passed by without noticing the children. I asked them where was their home. They said, ' they had no home but where their mother was.
Page 219 - After the tower had proceeded some way, a pilgrim announced that he was ready to offer himself a sacrifice to the idol. He laid himself down in the road before the tower as it was moving along, lying on his face, with his arms stretched forwards. The multitude passed round him, leaving the space clear, and he was crushed to death by the wheels of the tower. A shout of joy was raised to the god. He is said to smile when the libation of the blood is made.
Page 219 - The idol is a block of wood, having a frightful visage painted black, with a distended mouth of a bloody colour. His arms are of gold, and he is dressed in gorgeous apparel. The other two idols are of a white and yellow colour. — Five elephants preceded the three towers, bearing towering flags, dressed in crimson caparisons, and having bells hanging to their caparisons, which sounded musically as they moved.
Page 241 - Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.
Page 9 - Let her emaciate her body by living voluntarily on pure flowers, roots, and fruit ; but let her not, when her lord is deceased, even pronounce the name of another man. " Let her continue till death forgiving all injuries, performing harsh duties, avoiding every sensual pleasure, and cheerfully practising the incomparable rules of virtue, which have been followed by such women...
Page 245 - Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not. Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's, Thy God's, and truth's; then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell, Thou fall'st a blessed martyr!
Page 197 - Mho but a short time back would not have listened to the preservation of their daughters, now exhibited them -with pride and fondness. Their mothers and nurses also attended on this interesting occasion. True to the feelings which are found in other countries to prevail so forcibly, the t-motions of ituture here exhibited were extremely moving.
Page 196 - J affection, over prejudice and a horrid superstition; and that those who but a short period before would, (as many of them had done,) have doomed their infants to destruction without compunction, should now glory in their preservation, and doat on them with fondness.

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