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For the North Wales Gazette.

For the North IVales Gazette.



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T,) the Editor of the North IVales Gazette. SIR, The public prints inform its, that Petitions are intended to be sent from some of our prin- cipal commercial towns, to Parliament, to grant a free trade to India. If such a taw was enacted, it would he a means of introducing nnd spreading a general knowledge of reveal ed religion amongst those numerous'nations who are at this time immersed in the grossest idolatry. Various travellers and hislorians have taken unwearied pains to a know Jede of I he paafl riles and tcnqlles of these tiid lia-t- published many entertaining •volumes to public notice, thereby rendering great service to their European readers, and to Ibis nation in particular. T.iueriuer, whose account of his travels is considered to be authentic, is very particular in ins description of the relllples and rites of the idolaters in the dominion of fhe nabob of Aicoc, in the East Indies,describes the pagoda of fripetti, standing upon a lull, which for ilsevieui, as well as for its va;KMISaccommo daiions for lodgings for the uumer< us Brah- mins who officiate in it, has the appearar>ceof a city rather lhan a temple. To this hill there is a circular asrenl every way of hewn stone, the least of winch is 10 feet long and 3 broad I the hill it3elf is considered in so sacred alight, that none but Hindoos are ever suffered to ascend it, aud Tripetti is holden by the Hin- doos in the same veneration as Mecca is by the Mahommedans. However venerable these pagodas are for their sanctity and antiquity, they are exceeded in point of magnificence, by that of Serinjjham, which stands id the domi nions of the King of Tanjore is composed of seven square enclosures, one within tilt: other, the walls of winch are twenty-five feet high, and four thick. These enclosures are 350 feet dIstant from one another, and each has four large gates, with a high lower, opposite to the four cardinal points. The outward wall is near four miles in circumference, its ate- way is to the south, ornamented with pillars, several of winch are 30 feet long, and 5 HI diameter Here (he iJrahmins live ill a suhor, dination which knows no laws, and slumber in a voluptuousness that knows i-o wifits here, sensible of their happiness, they quit not the silence of tiieir retreats lo mingle in the lu mulls of the states. Nt) Europeans are ad milted into (he last square, contalulII thl- sanctuary of the supreme Veeshnu. In the War, between the French and English in the Carnatic, this voluptuous slumber of the Brahmins was frequently interrupted, for the pagoda being a place of considerable strength, was ultimately taken possession of by the contending parties. On the first attempt to pmetrate between the sacred inclosure, a ve- nerable Bi ihmin, struck with horror at the thought of haiing a temple, so profoundly hallowed for aes, polluted by the profane sleps of Europeans, tonk his station on the top of the grand gateway of the outermost court, and conjured the invaders to desist from their impious enterprise. Finding all his expostulations ineffectual, raiher than be flie a,,otiizin, sliect.,itor of its profanation, he in a transport of tttrew himself upon the pavement below, and dashed out his brains.— This circumstance cannot fail of bringing to the readers mind, the fine ode of Cra) ,all(i, the similar catastrophe of the hoary prophet. The Iravellers, Mr. Orme, and Capt. 11 a miltou assure us, that the temple of Jugger- naut is visited by an almost infinite aud incre- dible number ol pilgrims from the most distant regions of India that the "Mahommedasi Prince exacts a tax of half-a-crown per head oil every pilgrim who comes to worship at that pagoda, which, in the annual average, amounts to 750,0001. and that five candies of provisions are daily dressed for the use of the priests and pilgrims, each candle weighing 16001b. weight. The franttc « utrages of Cambyses, bis wanton cruelties inflicted upon the priests, and his burning the temples iu Egypt, are recorded at this day, by viewing what was formerly tha proudest glory of that now desolatedcountry The hicershngscourge of Cambyses, compelled the Egyptians to iiy into all the neighbouring countries of Asia whose inhabililUls would afford them shelter and they are said to have propagated the su- perstition of Egypt, a»d both India, Scythia, China became polluted in time with the mul- tiform idolatry which prevailed on the banks oftlientle. Sir William Jones informs us, that Misr, the native appellation of Egypt, is a name familiar iu India, both as a title of honour, aud as an appelatiou. B.



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