“The wife making not the least answer, the flames of anger seized the mind of the man, and he began to descend from the tree; when the bramin with activity and speed having hurried over the fourth section of the Tirrea Bede, [FN#175] went his way.”
“At this instant she beckoned to the bramin, who was previously seated, expectantly, in a corner of the garden.”
“Thus, in their enthusiasm -- which is only a minor madness -- whether the Hindoo bramin or the Spanish bigot, the English roundhead or the follower of the "only true faith" at Mecca, be understood, it is but a word and a blow -- though the word be a hurried prayer to the God of their adoration, and the blow be aimed with all the malevolence of hell at the bosom of a fellow-creature.”
“When this is done, they go round about the cow and calf, and then give some alms to the poor, who are always present, and to the bramin or priest they give the cow and calf, after which they go to several of the idols, where they offer money, lying down flat on the ground before the idol, and kissing the earth several times, after which they go away.”
“The bramin lays the cloth on the back of the cow, after which he takes hold of the end of the cows tail, and says certain words.”
“The reason of this strange law of succession is, that when the king takes a wife, she is always in the first place deflowered by the chief bramin, for which he is paid fifty-pieces of gold.”
“The woman has a brass or copper pot full of water; the man takes hold of the bramin with one hand, and the woman with the other, all having hold of the cow by the tail, on which they pour water from the pot, so that it runs on all their hands.”
“When they are married the man and woman come to the water side, where there is an old bramin or priest, a cow and calf, or a cow with calf.”
“They then lave up water with their hands, and the bramin ties the man and woman together by their clothes .”
“Then the man and woman, together with the cow and calf, go into the river, giving the old bramin a piece of cloth four yards long, and a basket cross bound, in which are sundry things.”
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