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No. I. April, 1832.
The engraving above represents a method of self-torture which is very com-
engraving. The following account of the manner of performing this torture is taken principally from Ward's account of the manners and customs of the
Hindoos. and had seen what he describes.
When this shocking scene is to be exhibited, a high post is erected in some open lace, as you see in the engraving. A strong ver, of bamboo, is made to play or turn round on the top of this post, with cords at both ends. The man who is to swing falls down on his face. A person makes a mark on his back with dust. Another immediately gives him a smart slap on the place, or o, the flesh very roughly to deaden the feeling a little, and pinches up the skin hard with his thumb and fingers; and a third thrusts an iron hook through the place marked, so as to take hold of about an inch of the flesh. This is on one side of the back; and then the same is done on the other, and the man gets up on his feet. He then mounts on a man's back, or is raised up from the ground in some other way; and the cords which are fastened to the hooks in his back are tied to one end of the bamboo. A rope at the other end is then pulled down by several men, until that end on which the man swings is raised up from the ound; and then one or more men running round with the rope, the poor victim is swung in the air. Some swing only for a few minutes: others, for i.i. an hour, or more. Some have been known to swing for hours. One man swung, it is said, three times in one day, on different posts; and once, four men swung on one post, which was carried round the field, while they were swinging, by the admiring crowd. Some of these persons smoke while swinging, as thou h insensible of the least ain. thers will take up fruit in their hois, and either eat it, or throw it among the crowd. One man caused a monkey's collar to be run into his own flesh, in which state the man and the monkey whirled round together! On some occasions, these devotees have hooks run through their thighs as well as backs. Five women swung in this manner, not many years since; near Calcutta. In some parts of india, the man who swings has a sabre and shield; and makes motions, while swinging, like a man fight
# is not uncommon for the flesh to tear, and the person to fall. Instances are related of such persons perishing on the spot. A few years ago a man fell from the post at Kidurpooru, while, whirling round with great rapidity, and falling on a poor woman who was selling rice, killed her on the spot; and the man died the next day. At a village near Bujbuj, some years since, the swing fell so a man's leg. The man who was upon it, as soon as he was loosed ran to another tree, was drawn up, an
The writer, was for many years a missionary among that people
whirled round again as though nothing had happened. ow all this time, suffer whatever he may, he must not shew it. If a tear escape him, he will be utterly disgraced. This, however, very seldom happens. The man is generally made to drink some intoxical. in: liquor, to help him to bear the pain. The thousands of spectators who attend these scenes seem to care little for the poor wretch who is swinging, Nay, they makes kind of fair on the occasion; sounding their tom-toms or drums, and pitching tentsfor the sale of sweetmeats; and, as the drawing from which the plate was engraved was taken from a real scene of this kind, it is very likely that those better sort of people at the front of the picture are bargaining about the pay of the wretch who is swing: ing over their heads; for these tortures to sometimes suffered for richer persons, who pay the man for it, and think to get all the good by hiring another to swing for them.
Mr. Stone, missionary of the Board at Bom" bay, a little more than two years ago, saw " woman suffer this self-torture at that place." which he has given an account.
For the first time witnessed the swinging of natives on hooks thrust through their backs. This practice is not common " Bombay, and is confined to the Kumay
•ople, who live in the suburbs of the city.
o-day three have propitiated the favor of their bloody gods, as }. imagine, by pe. forming this cruei rite. I saw only the las' a female. She was about eighteen years age, and strong and masculine in her * pearance. Two hooks were thrust through the flesh in the back, these hooks were fio ed to a rope fastened to the end of a bea. which when elevated raised her about * feet into the air, and this beam was fixed" a car which was drawn with great velocity by forty or fifty natives in the circumses, ence of a hundred rods. She with one hand held by a rope that was fastened to * beam is far forward as she could och which prevented her head from hang"; down, but afforded her no other suppo and with the other she brandished to and a large knife over the heads of the
foreheads with, was tied about This she occasionally scattered round upo the people beneath her, which the ignor” natives received as a boon from their g” Having been drawn round in the co". five times, the car stopped; but she made signs to have them go round again,”
sixth time is regarded as meritorious as all
should be restored to health, they would
PRESENT MORAL CONDITION OF THE WORLD.
IN the commission given by our Lord to his disciples, what an immense field
did he open for the exercise of Christian philanthropy and heroic enterprise!
“Go ye into all the world; preach the gospel to every creature.”
it is notorious, remain to this hour pagan idolaters, and one hundred millions more are the followers of the imposter Mohammed. Two hundred millions only are left wearing the Christian name; and in order to make the calculation respecting the real state of this remnant as favorable as possible, we will suppose the place of your residence to be a fair epitome of the whole Christian world. Is there one person in four there who appears to be brought decidedly under the influence of Christian principles? I fear not. We have then less than 90,000,000 of real Christians on earth at any given time, and all the rest (750,000,000) are living and dying without God in the world! And this is not the picture of the worst, but of the best period of time, next to the days of the apostles. Perhaps there never existed more good men on earth at one time than there are at present; and yet this leaves more than fifteen out of sixteen of the human race unacquainted with the salvation which is in Christ Jesus;–and this havoc made by sin and death has continued without interruption, day by day, and hour by hour, through all the ages since the fall. There is something so fearful, so tremendous, in this retrospect, that I do not wonder that men who have never known “the terrors of the Lord,” and “the exceeding sinfulness of sin,” should reject the theory altogether. While looking down into this abyss, I am seized with a shivering horror. I tremble exceedingly. And yet the truth which is here so deeply impressed on my mind is the same as that which I learn from the history of the fallen angels, left without a Savior; from the flood; as that which I receive in Gethsemane and
at Calvary; and which is irresistibly confirmed while I look at the civil, and