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by Dubois, J.A.


Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: 1407, 1407


Translated & Edited by Henry K. Beauchamp. With an introduction by Max Muller. Oxford: Clarendon 1953 (1906) Third Edition, short 8vo, bound Oxford's handsome blue polished cloth gilt lettered, 741pp, frontis portrait of the author in a turban and holding his walking stick, front hinge cracked but a nice copy. The first edition was 1897, this is simply a reprint even though Oxford calls it the "third edition" on the title page. A veritable encyclopedia of Hindu religion and philosophy. In the preface by Max Muller we learn that Dubois was "..a man remarkably free of theological prejudice," and calls this "..a work which will always retain its value.." Dubois, who was fluent in Tamil, spent much of his life in India, especially during the period of 1792-1823, where he observed fantastical things that were later stamped out by the British, such as suttee, and the burning of a king and his two wives. Dubois' work is refreshingly free from modernist garble. Chapters on the Kali Yuga, advantage of the caste system, the pariah classes, the various castes of the Brahmins, the pavadam sacrifice, long chapters on the theological systems and the guru, with a "portrait of a true Guru", worship of animals, Hindu feasts, and a huge section on Brahminical culture, morality, fasting, marriage, poetry, fables, ceremonies, etc & etc.

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