Excerpt from Original Sanskrit Texts, Vol. 2: On the Origin and History of the People of India, Their Religion and Institutions, Collected, Translated, and Illustrated
My primary object in this volume, as in its predecessor, has been to produce a work which may assist the researches of those Hindus who desire to investigate critically the origin and history of their nation, and of their national literature, religion, and institutions; and may facilitate the operations of those European teachers whose business it is to communicate to the Hindus the results of modern enquiry on the various subjects here examined. The book (as will at once be apparent to the Oriental scholar) is, for the most part, either a compilation, or, at least, founded on the labours of others; but while my principal aim has been to furnish the reader with a summary of the results of preceding enquiries, my plan has, at the same time, rendered it necessary for me occasionally to institute fresh researches in different directions for the further elucidation of particular points which were touched upon in the course of my argument.
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