Friday, September 5, 2014

66. Brahmins: flesh eater though sacred

सन 1860 में बाबू ईशरी दास ने उत्तर भारत के हिन्दुओं में उस समय प्रचलित रहन-सहन के तौर-तरीकों और रीति-रिवाजों का संकलन कर प्रकाशित किया। स्पष्टतः उस समय तक ब्राह्मण मांसाहारी थे, फिर भी वे पवित्र माने जाते थे। फिर अछूत जनता के ऊपर मांसाहार के आरोप के कारण उन्हें अछूत करार देना कहाँ तक उचित है? बात साफ है यह है कि मांसाहार से छुआछूत का कोई लेना देना नहीं है।

"Brahmins are of various sects and some of them use animal food and others do not. Animals are killed by those that eat flesh, but only certain kinds of them, such as sheep, goats, deer, rabbits, pigeons partridges, and some others that are considered clean and lawful. Some of those who do not use animal food make now and then soup of gravel. They pick up two or three handfuls of small and clean gravel and boil it in powdered turmerick and other spices; they say a kind of grease is extracted from the gravel. After boiling it for half an hour or so, they take the gravel out of the soup and throw it away and eat cakes with the soup. The poorer classes of Brahmins are gluttonous; feeding them is considered very meritorious by people of other castes, and when they are invited to these religious dinners they eat a great deal; some of them can devour about four pounds of solid food at a meal. All Brahmins claim to be gods' and are considered so by others. People frequently prostrate themselves at their feet and they receive this worship with the greatest complacency and satisfaction. Very often, however, when a quarrel or affray takes place between them and people of other castes, they are abused and beaten, and sometimes murdered too." Pages 20-21

Reference: "Domestic Manners and Customs of the Hindoos of Northern India" By: Baboo Ishuri Dass, Medical Hall, Benares, 1860, pp-20-21

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