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 variation in 1817. It used to be 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, developing the Serampore project Press in 1800 and Serampore university in 1818. Ward committed 20 years to compiling his learn of Hindu literature, background, mythology and faith, which was once finally released in 4 volumes. It supplied richly unique details, and used to be considered as authoritative for the subsequent fifty years. it really is accordingly nonetheless a huge resource for researchers in components together with Indian heritage, British colonialism, Orientalism and non secular experiences. quantity 1 describes and categorises Hindu deities and items of worship, celestial, terrestrial, animate and inanimate.
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D Booddh-varti, Wednesday. * Vrihusputee-varii, Thursday. f Shookru-vartt, Friday. « Shfinee-varS, Saturday. xxxvi INTRODUCTORY REMARKS 15. Doorga. The image of this goddess and that of Minerva, in one or two instances, exhibit a pretty strong resemblance : both are described as fond of arms; and it is remarkable, that Doorga derives her name from the giant Doorgu, whom she slew, as Pallas (Minerva) obtained hers from the giant Pallas, whom she destroyed. She resembles Minerva also as a goddess difficult of access, which is one signification of the name Doorga.
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.
Brumha's image is never worshipped, nor even made; but the Chundee describes it as that of a red man with four faces P. He is red, as a mark of his being full of the ruju goonu; he has four faces, to remind the worshipper that thev&lus proceeded from his four mouths. In one hand he has a string of beads, to shew that his power as creator was " Hindoo women, and the lower orders, regard Piinchanunu, Dtikshinurayfi, Muniisa, Sheet&la, Shusht'hec, as malignant demons, and worship them through fear, still praying to them for protection.