Indo-Aryans Volume 1; Contributions Towards...


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Author  Rajendralala Mitra
Publication Date   March 6, 2012
ISBN  1130592448
Pages  140

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...having brought barbers from Sicily, introduced the custom of shaving at Rome, and, as Pliny states, "Scipio Africanus was the first Roman who shaved every day." The Greeks, down to the time of Alexander the Great, failed to appreciate the comfort and cleanliness of a shaved chin, and on that account were held in such abhorrence by the Egyptians, who followed the cleanly Indian custom of shaving that, according to Herodotus, " no Egyptians of either sex-would on any account kiss the lips of a Greek, make use of his knife, his spit and cauldron, or taste the meat of an animal which had been slaughtered hy his hand."f Among Indians, sages, hermits, and men who had renounced the pleasures of the world, as also men in mourning, kept it as a mark of penance like the Egyptians! and the Jews,§ and unlike the Greeks, who shaved on those occasions. The bearded Hussar officer who is so irresistible among'the lasses in Europe, would have found scant chance among the damsels of India, who seem to have detested the beard, and to account for the blindness of Dhritarashtra, a story is told in the Mahabharata, in which a lady closes her eyes at the sight of her brother-in-law in a beard. Of ancient shoes, I have met with only one variety, the, _ slipper with a slightly upturned front, but Shoes and Boots. 'r' all the carvings of it that have come to my observation were, owing to their small size, and the decay of ages, so indistinct that I have not been able to take any drawing that would be worth having. In my Antiquities of Orissa, vol. I. plate XXIII. fig 87, shows the only Pliny, VII., 59, apud Wilkinson's Ancient Egyptians, III., 359. t Herodotus, II., 41 and 91. i Ibid. II., 36; and III., 12. § Genesis, xii. 14. specimen which I could cle...

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