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Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 8170209277
Pages: 730+36p.;Illus.
Pub. date: 01.01.1999, Reprint
Publisher: Cosmo Publications
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB38131
List price: US $ 49,00
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Overview for Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies

In summing up his own opinion of Abbe Dubois' work Lord William Bentinck remarked--"The result of my own observation during my residence in India is that the Europeans generally know little or nothing of the customs and manners of the Hindus. We are all acquainted with some prominent marks and facts, but their manner of thinking, their domestic habits and ceremonies, in which circumstances a knowledge of the people consists, is, I fear, in great part wanting to us. We understand very imperfectly their language. I have personally found the want of a work to which reference could be made for a just description of the native opinions and manners. I am of opinion that the information which the work of Abbe Dubois has to impart might be of the greatest benefit... As to the intrinsic values of the Abbe's work, there is no hesitation in saying that it is as valuable today as ever it was, even more valuable in some respects. It is true that a mass of learned literature on the religious and civil life of the Hindus has accumulated since the Abbe's days, and it is still accumulating, but the fact is that the Abbe's work composed as it was in the midst of the people themselves, is of a unique character, for it combines, as no other work on the Hindus combines, a recital of the broad facts of Hindu religion and Hindu sociology with many masterly descriptions, at once comprehensive and minute, of the vie intime of the people among whom he lived for so many years. What may be regarded as still more satisfactory, perhaps, is that by the Indian themselves the work has been accepted with universal approval and eulogy. The general accuracy of the Abbe's observations has no where been impunged; and every Indian critic of the work has paid a warm tribute to the Abbe's industry, zeal and impartiality. The Hindu in a course of long review of the book remarked that "it is impossible to run through the immense variety of topics touched in this exceedingly interesting books; but we entirely agree with Mr. Beauchamp's opinion that the book is as valuable today as it ever was. It contains a valuable collection of information on a variety of Hindu subjects....
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