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It next treats of the mystical rites practised in honour of Vástu , preparatory to the
building of sacred edifices , or of altars for sacrifices ; of villages , towns , and
cities , the fruits to be derived from building and peopling them with Brahmans ;
... to whom the treatise under examination is attributed , appears to have brought
hither the first colony of Brahmans and other classes from the north , and with
them the Hindú religion and literature , in form the same as at the present day .
The same author also prescribes the heights of pedestals to be constructed in the
houses of the several classes , as follows : Brahmans should have them of four
hastas ; C'shetriyas , of three ; Vaisyas , of two ; and Súdras , of one hasta .
is particularly intended for the residence of Brahmans . It may contain twelve ,
twenty - four , fifty , one hundred and eight , three hundred or more houses . The
smallest , or that which contains twelve houses , is called ásrama , hermitage ,
The former is inhabited only by Brahmans , and the latter by all classes
indiscriminately . ” In this manner the author goes on describing the forms and
arrangements of the remaining sorts of villages ; but as the accompanying
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Ram Raz: Essay on the Architecture of the Hindús / by Rám Ráz. - London : Parker, 1834. - xiv, 64 S. : Ill. - (Oriental Translation Fund) Die bibliographische Beschreibung im Haupteintrag ist unzureichend und irreführend.