Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies

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greater facility, I engaged the services of a Brahmin, who was said to be learned, and who, in fact, was not wanting in intelligence or knowledge. But I soon perceived that he was himself completely lost in this labyrinth of metaphysics; and the various Commentaries to which he referred for some plausible explanations of my difficulties tended only to increase those difficulties. However, being very often too proud and presumptuous to acknowledge his inability to make me understand what he did not understand himself, he tried to get out of his difficulties by hums and haws. By gestures and pantomimic signs, which were truly laughable, he endeavoured to make up for the explanations which I in vain sought from him, and he often left me to myself to clear up my own difficulties.


CHAPTER XXIV

Chronology of the Brahmins.—The Epoch of the Flood.

The Hindus recognize four ages of the world, to which they give the name of yugas. They assign to each yuga a period of time which, when all the yugas are added together, would make the creation of the world date back several millions of years.

The first is called Kritha-yuga, to which they assign 1,728,000 years. The second, which they call Tretha-yuga, lasted about 1,296,000 years. The third, called Dwapara- yuga, lasted about 864,000 years. And the last, in which we are now living, is called Kali-yuga, or the Age of Misery. It should last about 432,000 years. The present year of the Christian era ( 1825) corresponds to the year 4,926 of the Kali-yuga.

According to this calculation the world has now been in existence for 3,892,926 years.

It is hardly necessary for me to waste time in proving that the first three ages are entirely mythical. The Hindus themselves seem to regard them in that light, since in ordinary life they make no mention of them. All their calculations and dates, as well as all the most ancient and authentic records at present to be found among them, are reckoned from the commencement of the Kali-yuga.

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page i
  • Editor's Preface to Third Edition iii
  • Prefatory Note v
  • Editor's Introduction viii
  • Contents xxix
  • Author's Preface 1
  • General View of Society in India, and General Remarks on the Caste System 14
  • Chapter I 14
  • Chapter II 27
  • Chapter III 38
  • Chapter IV 44
  • Chapter V 48
  • Chapter VI 80
  • Chapter VII 97
  • Chapter VIII 108
  • Chapter IX 111
  • Chapter X 123
  • Chapter XI 134
  • Chapter XII 138
  • Chapter XIII 143
  • Chapter XIV 155
  • The Four States of Brahminical Life 160
  • Chapter I 160
  • Chapter II 170
  • Chapter III 178
  • Chapter IV 186
  • Chapter V 194
  • Chapter VI 205
  • Chapter VII 235
  • Chapter VIII 269
  • Chapter IX 282
  • Chapter X 288
  • Chapter XI 295
  • Chapter XII 306
  • Chapter XIII 316
  • Chapter XIV 326
  • Chapter XV 332
  • Chapter XVI 336
  • Chapter XVII 343
  • Chapter XVIII 350
  • Chapter XIX 355
  • Chapter XX 368
  • Chapter XXI 376
  • Chapter XXII 392
  • Chapter XXIII 401
  • Chapter XXIV 415
  • Chapter XXV 420
  • Chapter XXVI 433
  • Chapter XXVII 450
  • Chapter XXVIII 474
  • Chapter XXIX 482
  • Chapter XXX 489
  • Chapter XXXI 500
  • Chapter XXXII 509
  • Chapter XXXIII 517
  • Chapter XXXIV 522
  • Chapter XXXV 528
  • Chapter XXXVI 538
  • Religion 542
  • Chapter I 542
  • Chapter II 556
  • Chapter III 567
  • Chapter IV 577
  • Chapter V 612
  • Chapter VI 636
  • Chapter VII 648
  • Chapter VIII 654
  • Chapter IX 667
  • Appendix I 685
  • Appendix II 701
  • Appendix III 706
  • Appendix IV 708
  • Appendix Vi. 717
  • Index 723
  • Some Opinions of the Press *
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