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Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies

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Item Code: NAZ297
Author: Abbe J.A. Dubois
Publisher: Book Faith India
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 8173031797
Pages: 760
Other Details 8.50 X 5.50 inch
Weight 750 gm
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In the Library of the Madras Literary Society and Auxiliary of the Royal Asiatic Society may be seen, in a conspicuous position above one of the doorways, a striking portrait in oil-colors. This portrait at a distance one takes to be that of some Hindu, clothed in white, wearing a white turban, and holding in one hand the bamboo staff that tradition assigns to a Hindu Pilgrim.

A closed inspection, however, shows that in reality it is the portrait of a European, albeit the face is so tanned, and so furrowed with the lines of age and thought, that the first impression that one receives of it is not dispelled. It is a face that literally speaks to you from the canvas. The broad forehead, the well-shaped but somewhat prominent nose, the firm but kindly month and above all the marvelously intelligent eyes, all bespeak a man of no common mould. Whoever the artist was (and I have not been able to discover his name or the circumstance which led to his executing the work), there can be no doubt that that he has succeeded in depicting a countenance that is full of character; while as a background to his picture he has painted a low range of range of bare, rugged hills that seem to be thorough keeping with his subject, and to suggest, as a kind of inspiration, the hard, self-denying, but solid life-work of him whose features he has handed down.

This portrait is that of the of the Abbe J. A. Dubois, a Christian Missionary who labored for some thirty-one years in India, striving to fulfil the task which his sense of religious duty imposed upon him. Merely in this respect one claim for him no special merit, for the annals of Christian Missions in India are full of the name of those who spent themselves and were spent in the service of their Master. His special claim to recognition will be found elsewhere, namely, in the wonderful record which he compiled of the manners, customs, institutions, and ceremonies of the people among whom he lived and moved and being for so great a portion of his life. He seems to have recognized from the very first day of his arrival in India that Christian Mission work meant something more than the mere preaching and expounding of the Gospel; that it included among its chief essentials to success a long and thorough study of the innermost life and character of the people amidst whom it was to be carried on. In his day, it must be remarked; there were no roads to such knowledge. There were no text-books to prepare the way by their critical analyses of the sacred Hindu writings. Such knowledge had to be gained at first hand, and by the more laborious (though, it must be confessed, more sure) method of personal inquiry in situ. ‘I had no sooner arrived amongst the natives of India, the Abbe himself tells us,’ than I recognized the absolute necessity of gaining their confidence. Accordingly it my constant rules to live as they did. I adopted their style of clothing and I studied their customs and methods of life in order to be exactly like them. I even went so far as to avoid any display of repugnance to the majority of their prejudices. By such circumspect conduct I was able to ensure and a free and hearty welcome from people of all castes and conditions, and was often favored of their own accord with the most curious and interesting particulars about themselves.

Unfortunately such details concerning the Abbe’s personal history as we possess are extremely meager. His modesty is so extreme that he rarely appears in his own person throughout his work, and those particulars that I have been able to obtain have been culled from various other sources- chiefly from the Madras Government Secretariat, From the British Museum, and from the Missions Estrangers. The absolute retirement of the Abbé from European society for a long series of years after his arrival in India, though it qualified him, as was said when his work first appeared, for penetrating into the dark and unexplored recesses of the Hindu character,’ also veiled him in an equal degree from the curiosity of his readers. Major Mark Walks, the accomplished historian of my sore, who in those days was British Resident in that province, in introducing the Abbe’s work to the notice of the Government of Fort St. George, remarked: Of the history and character of the author, I only know that he escaped from one of the fusillades of the French Revolution and has since lived amongst the Hindus as one of themselves: and of the respect which his irreproachable conduct inspires, it may be sufficient to state that when traveling, on his approach to a village, the house of a Brahmin is uniformly cleared for his reception, without interference, and generally without communication to the officers of Government, as a spontaneous mark of deference and respect.’ Subsequently, however, Major Walks became much more intimate with the Abbé, and the latter speaks of him years afterwards in terms of great affection as his patron and friend. With regard to the circumstance mentioned above as having induced him to leave France and come to India, the Abbé remarked afterwards: ‘It is quite true that I fled from the horrors of the Revolution, and had II remained I should in all probability have fallen a victim, as did so many of my friends who held the same religious and political opinions as myself; but the truth is I embarked for India some two years before the fusillades referred to rook place.

Be this as -it may, I have ascertained that the Abbé was ordained in the diocese of Viviers in 1792, at the age of twenty-seven, and left France in the same year. He entered on his Mission work under the guidance of-the Missions Estrangers. On reaching India he was attached to the Pondicherry Mission; and for the first few years he seems to have labored in what are now the Southern Districts of the Madras Prescience. He must have quickly made for himself a name, for on the fall of Seringapatarn he was specially invited, on the recommendation, it is said, of Colonel Wellesley afterwards Duke of Wellington, to visit the capital of My sore in order to reconvert and reorganize the Christian community which had been forcibly perverted to Mohammedanism by Tippu Sultan. En passant, I may mention that, through the influence of the Abbé in My sore, not a single priest of the Missions Estrangers was persecuted by Tippu. For these apostates, we learn, he pleaded eloquently before Mgr. Champions, the Bishop, and with such good effect that he once more gathered the lost sheep, of whom there were 1,800 in Seringapatam alone, into the Christian fold, and established on a permanent basis the Roman Catholic Church in the province of My sore. Of the practical farsightedness which guided him in his work, we may judge by two incidents that have been incidentally recorded of him. He met the problem of the poverty of the people committed to his care by founding agricultural colonies on the lines that have during these past few years been advocated by the Salvation Army and others, his principal colony being at Sathalli, near Hessian; and he used his influence to such good effect in preventing epidemics of small-pox by promoting vaccination (then, be it remembered, a comparatively novel idea) that he was afterwards granted a special pension by the East Indian Company. ‘The literary reputation which M. fly boys have, acquired in this country’, wrote one of his colleagues, M. Mottet, in 1823, ‘is the least of his merits. He has honored and sired the mission in every way, and perhaps more they any one of us. The Indians had the greatest attachment, confidence and respect for him.’M. Launay, in his recently published Histoire des Missions de. I’Inde, remarks: ‘Among other benefits which he: Conferred upon his flock, may be mentioned his zeal in establishing agricultural colonies, and also introducing vaccination to stay the ravages of small-pox; in which, in spite of the extraordinary tenacity of native prejudice, he succeeded so fully that in 1803-4 a total of 25,432 natives were vaccinated and registered; in memory of which the natives still remember him by the title of "Doddhaswa-miayavaru," or "Great Lord." M. launay adds that in some parts, especially at Karumattampatty, he is spoken of to this day as ‘the prince’s son, the noblest of Europeans.

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