Author: Abbe J A Dubois
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171673457
As a trustworthy authority on the state of India from 1792 to 1838, this work will always retain its value not only to Sanskrit scholars , but to all who take an intelligent interest in this wonderful country - India.
Translated from the Author's later French Ms and edited with notes, corrections and biography by Henry K Beauchamp with a prefatory note by F Max Muller, this 1999 edition of a classic work is sufficient proof of the high value which is still attached to the Abbe's observations and of the wide popularity which this work still enjoys.
The impression may be felt in many minds that a book written so long ago can be of little practical use at present; but the fact is that the Babe's work, composed as it was in the midst of the people themselves, is of a unique character, for it combines, a recital of the broad facts of Hindu religion and Hindu sociology with many masterly descriptions.
Portrait of Dubois
Editor's Preface to Third Edition
Prefatory Note by Max Muller
GENERAL VIEW OF SOCIETY IN INDIA, AND GENERAL REMARKS ON THE CASTE SYSTEM
Division and Subdivision of Castes.
Advantages resulting from Caste Divisions.
Expulsion from Caste.
Antiquity and Origin of Caste
The lower Classes of Sudras.
The Poverty of the Hindus
The Mythical Origin of the Brahmins.
Different Kinds of Brahmins.
The Different Hindu Sects.
The Gurus, or Hindu Priests.
Purohitas, or Priests who officiate at Public and Private Ceremonies.
Mantrams - Their Efficacy.
Explanation of the Principal Ceremonies of the Brahmins and of the other Castes.
Ceremonies to be observed after a Woman's Confinement.
THE FOUR STATES OF BRAHMINICAL LIFE
The Brahmachari - Ceremony of the Upanayana.
Conduct of the Brahmachari
Defilements of the Soul
Marriage amongst Brahmins and other Hindus.
The Second, or Grahastha.
The King of Food expressly forbidden to Brahmins.
The Various Occupations of Brahmins.
Religious Tolerance amongst the Brahmins.
The Morality of Brahmins.
The Outward Appearance of Brahmins and other Hindus.
Rules of Etiquette amongst Brahmins and other Hindus.
The Ornaments worn by Hindus.
Rules of Conduct for Married Women.
Mourning. - The Condition of Widowhood.
The Custom which at times obliges Widows to allow themselves to be burnt alive on the Funeral pyre of their Deceased Husbands.
Adoption - Rules regarding the Partition of Property.
The Learning of the Brahmins.
The Poetry of Hindus
Chronology of the Brahmins.
The Epistolary Style of the Brahmins - Hindu Handwriting.
Niti Slokas, Moral Stanzas.
The Funeral Ceremonies of Brahmins.
The Various Ceremonies observed after Burial in Honor of the Dead.
The Third Condition of Brahmins.
Sacrifices of the Vanaprastha Brahmins.
Penance as a Means of Purifying the soul.
The Fourth State of the Brahmins, that of the Sannyasi.
A Sannyasi's Principal Duties.
The Funeral Ceremonies of Brahmin Sannyasis.
Origin of the Trimurti and the Primitive Idolatry of the Hindus.
Metempsychosis - Explanation of the Religion Doctrine.
The Principal Gods of the Hindus.
The Worship of Animals.
Inanimate Objects of Worship.
The Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice.
The Military System of the Hindus.
Appendix I : The Jains - Differences between them and the Brahmins.
Appendix II : The Eka-Dasi, or Eleventh Day of the Moon.
Appendix III : Siva-Ratri, or Siva's Night.
Appendix IV : Rules of Conduct for Women during their Periodical Uncleanness.
Appendix V : Remarks on the Origin of the Famous Temple of Jagannath.
Appendix VI : Trial by Ordeal . Its Different Forms.