Asiatic Researches, Volume 8

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Page 491 - The beautiful simplicity and extreme perfection of the game, as it is commonly played in Europe and Asia, convince me that it was invented by one effort of some great genius ; not completed by gradual improvements, but formed, to use the phrase of Italian critics, by the first •intention...
Page 300 - The bridegroom afterwards clothes the bride with the following ceremonies : — He goes to the principal apartment of the house, prepares a sacrificial fire in the usual mode, and hallows the implements of sacrifice. A friend of the bridegroom walks round the fire, bearing a jar of water, and stops on the south side of it : another does the same, and places himself on the right hand of the first. The bridegroom then casts four double handfuls of rice, mixed with leaves of...
Page 302 - She sits down on the edge of the mat; and the bridegroom offers six oblations of clarified butter, reciting the following prayers, while the bride touches his shoulder with her right hand. 1. "May fire come, first among the gods; may it " rescue her offspring from the fetters of death; may Varuna, "king [of waters], grant that this woman should never be"moan a calamity befalling her children.
Page 246 - May the Gods with flaming mouths burn this corpse!" He then walks thrice round the pile with his right hand towards it, and shifts the sacrificial cord to his right shoulder. Then looking towards the south, and dropping his left knee to the ground, he applies the fire to the pile near the head of the corpse, saying,
Page 211 - The studied brevity of the Pan inly a sutras renders them in the highest degree obscure; even with the knowledge of the key to their interpretation, the student finds them ambiguous. In the application of them, when understood, he discovers many seeming contradictions, and with every exertion of practised memory, he must experience the utmost difficulty in combining rules dispersed in apparent confusion through different portions of Panini's eight -^Lectures The apparent simplicity of the design...
Page 308 - Be gentle in thy aspect, and loyal to thy husband ; be fortunate in cattle ; amiable in thy mind, and beautiful in thy person ; be mother of surviving sons ; be assiduous at the five sacraments ; be cheerful, and bring prosperity to our bipeds and quadrupeds.
Page 299 - Being thus affianced , the bride and bridegroom then walk forth, while he thus addresses her: "May the regents of space, may air, the sun, and fire, dispel that anxiety which thou feelest in thy mind, and turn thy heart to me." He proceeds thus, while they look at each other: "Be gentle in thy aspect and loyal to thy husband; be fortunate in cattle, amiable in thy mind, and beautiful in thy person ; be mother of valiant sons; be fond of delights; be cheerful, and bring prosperity to our bipeds and...
Page 294 - The bride's father presents to him a cushion made of twenty leaves of cusa grass , holding it up with both hands , and exclaiming , " The cushion! the cushion! the cushion!" The bridegroom replies, "I accept the cushion," and, taking it, places it on the ground under his feet, while he recites the following prayer: "May those plants over which SOMA presides, and which are variously dispersed on the earth, incessantly grant me happiness while this cushion is placed under my feet.
Page 251 - thy knees, legs, and feet;" on the sixth, "all thy vitals;" on the seventh, "all thy veins;" on the eighth, "thy teeth, nails, and hair;" on the ninth, "thy manly strength;" on the tenth, "May. this tenth cake, which shall fully satisfy the hunger and thirst of thy renewed body, be acceptable to thee.
Page 296 - At the marriage ceremony, too, the bride is formally given by her father to the bridegroom, in this stage of the solemnity according to some rituals, but later according to others. The hospitable rites are then concluded by letting loose the cow at the intercession of the guest. A barber who attends for that purpose, exclaims, " The cow ! the cow!" upon which the guest pronounces this text : " Release the cow from the fetters of Varuna\ May she subdue my foe : may she destroy the enemies of both...

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