Benares, the Sacred City: Sketches of Hindu Life and Religion (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 2018 M03 18 - 248 pages
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IL is, perhaps, because Benares is not forbidden, that such a mine of human interest, and one of the most extraordinary cities of the East, is now probably less known to most Euro peans than Lhasa. Even of the Europeans who have seen Benares, few have any adequate conception of the ideas and beliefs which many millions of our fellow-subjects associate with it. Few, indeed, have either the time or the inclination to read through the increasing accumulation of very solid literature which deals with the philosophic side of Hinduism; and the more popular missionary accounts (with our national tendency to underrate the enemy's strength) generally make the mistake of representing all Hinduism as a mass of de graded superstitions and idolatry, only held together by the profound ignorance and backwardness of the Indian people.

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