A sketch of the topography and statistics of Dacca

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Huttmann, 1840 - 371 pages

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Page 92 - Bengalla; but no traces of such a place now exist. It is described as being near the eastern mouth of the Ganges; and I conceive that the site of it has been carried away by the river, as, iu my remembrance, a vast tract of land has disappeared thereabouts.
Page 249 - Hussein, which is held at this time, is not only forbidden but even witnessing the ceremonies connected with it, is avoided by them. They reject the rites of Puttee Chuttee and Chilla which are performed between the first and fortieth day after the birth of a child and observe the rite of...
Page 189 - Great store of cotton cloth goeth from hence, and much rice, wherewith they serve all India, Ceylon, Pegu, Malacca, Sumatra, and many other places.
Page 131 - ... the fire is usually kindled. The high lands are selected for this crop and are ploughed from eight to twelve times up to September and October when the seeds are sown. This is done in parallel rows, distant about a cubit from each other, and before the seeds are dropped into the ground they are moistened with water. The cotton plant is liable to injury from hail-storms, heavy rain and caterpillars.
Page 70 - The women wear great store of silver hoops about their necks and arms, and their legs are ringed with silver and copper and rings made of elephants
Page 238 - Like their brethren, the gipsies in other countries, they are partial to poultry, and their boats are generally well stocked with fowls and ducks. They eat all kinds of animal food, and are much addicted to the use of ganjah and spirituous liquors, and consequently they are regarded as a very impure race. The Baughmaras, or tiger-killers, and the Bhindoos, who search for grain concealed in the burrows made by rats, both belong to the Bhudiya caste.
Page 248 - This person, at the early age of 1H, made a pilgrimage to Mecca : he visited it a second time, and took up his abode among the Wahabees, and after an absence of twenty years returned to his native country about the year 1828. Since his return he has been engaged in promulgating his doctrines, and he has succeeded in making converts to the number, it is estimated, of one-sixth of the Mussulman population of the above places : in the city they are supposed to comprize about one-third of the Mussulman...
Page 250 - ... ..In the same way they have divested the marriage ceremony of its formalities The funeral obsequies are conducted with a corresponding degree of simplicity, offerings of fruits and flowers at the grave and the various fatiha ceremonies being prohibited ; their graves are not raised above the surface of 18.
Page 250 - Shurkitullah' has more than once been in custody on this account, and is at present under the ban of the police, I believe, for exciting his disciples in the country to withhold the payment of revenue.
Page 164 - Yarn continues to be spun, and muslins to be manufactured at Dacca, to which European ingenuity can afford no parallel. Such indeed as has led a competent judge to say it is beyond his conception, how this yarn greatly finer than the highest number made in England can be spun by the distaff and spindle or woven afterwards...

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