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Journal of the Moslem Institute

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Excerpt from book: preference to the scientific seems to be. The rigid conclusions of scientific investigation have been, therefore, responsible of late years for the loss of what otherwise would have been a pleasanter mode of expressing Natural Truths. ABUL HASAN M. TAIAB. chapter{Section 4HORO DURANGKO: OR Ml MHItl SONGS: by Moulvie Abdul Wait: Calcutta. ''THOUGH the booklet before us is quite unassuming in 1 appearance, its importance in the eyes of the Asiatic researcher, as describing a phase in the life of a people who bear the impress of a primitive civilization, is very great indeed. Moulvi Abdul Wali, its talented author deserves well of the students of anthropology for the pains he has taken to collect the folk-poesy of the Mundas —one of the most interesting and important races dwelling in Chota Nagpur, a little known province of the empire: After briefly describing the manners and customs of these aboriginies of Chota Nagpur the author deals with their primitive pastimes and rustic recreations. " The time of the Mundaris and Uraons, always of gay and frolicaome disposition," says Moulvi Abdul Wali, "is divided between work and play—play first, work next." Nay, their secular and religious life is taken up with play and drink. Unlettered, shut up in their native hillocks and forests, these sons of nature, nevertheless, display a high talent for dancing and singing. Males and females young and old, more often young than old, take part in their frequently-recurring villuge feasts. Attired in the country woven clothes interwoven with red lines, with barbaric ornaments of brass and copper, their hair adorned with flowers, plumes and feathers, the girls proceed to the Akhra, diverting themselves on the way byexchanging pleasantries with the boys whom they accompany. In Jatras which tak...   show more
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