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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 used to be first released in 1811 and reprinted during this 3rd variation in 1817. It was once a really 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 venture Press in 1800 and Serampore university in 1818. Ward dedicated 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 particular info, and was once considered as authoritative for the following fifty years. it really is consequently nonetheless a huge resource for researchers in parts together with Indian heritage, British colonialism, Orientalism and non secular experiences. quantity 2 makes a speciality of areas of worship, ritual practices, and ideology approximately demise and reincarnation.

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S prescribe daily duties towards the gods, deceased ancestors, strangers, and the cow. The worship of Vishnoo, before the sbalgramu ; of Shivu, before the lingu ; of a person's guardian deity, before the halgramu s or water ; and of any image constantly preserved, is per­ formed daily. If the family of a bramhun, where such an image is s e t up, has become unclean by the death of one of its members, or by any other cause, they do not omit the dai ly worship, but invite another brmnhun to perform the ceremonies.

The north, refraining from spitting, and holding his breath, perform the offices of nature. His poita must re­ main on his right ear till he has washed his hands. It is unlawful to attend to the offices of nature on a road, in the shade, where cattle graze, in the fire, or water, in a plough­ ed field, where dead bodies are burnt, upon a mountain, on th� ruins of a temple, on an ant-hill, in a ditch, or by the side of a river 0• • After this, he must go to a more The wife of Ravflnu. '" A kin�.

THE daily ceremonies in the temples erected in honour of Shidi are as follows :-In the morning the officiating bram-_ bun, after bathing, enters the temptea and bows to Shivu. He then anoints the image with clarified butter or boiled oil b; after which he bathes the image with water which has not been defiled by the. touch of a shOOdru, nor of a bramhlin who has not performed his ablutions, by pouring water on it, and afterwards wipes it with a napkin. He, next grinds some white powder in water, and, dipping the ends of his three fore-fingers in it, draws them across the lingu, marking it as the worshippers of Shivu mark their foreheads.

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