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TO

Sir WILLIAM SCOTT, Knt. LL.D.

His MAJESTY'S ADVOCATE-GENERAL,

CHANCELLOR OF THE DIOCESE

OF LONDON,

AND A

MEMBER OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT,

THIS PORTION OF THE

INDIAN THEOLOGY,

A SUBJECT

NOT TOTALLY UNCONNECTED

WITH THAT PROFESSION

IN WHICH HE FILLS WITH

HONOUR SO DISTINGUISHED A STATION,

RESPECTFULLY AND GRATEFULLY

INSCRIBED,

BY

HIS OBLIGED OBEDIENT SERVANT,

.

THOMAS MAURICE.

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HE Reader, during this continued

Dissertation on the INDIAN THEOLOGY, is earnestly requested occasionally to advert to the ample prospectus prefixed to it in a former portion of this work : by that means, he will be better enabled to comprehend the plan pursued by the author in the course of fo extensive an investigation. From consecrated

groves

and subterraneous caverns, he is here introduced into thofe ftupendous structures, the pagodąs of Hindostan; and as, in the former

volume,

A 4

volume, the Indian and Egyptian facred caverns were compared, fo, in the present, the parallel is extended to the erected temples of either country. The same eminent Sanfcreet scholars, Mr. HALHED, SIR WILLIAM JONES, and MR. WILKINS, who were his guides before in discussing the myfterious rites paid in those caverns to the solar orb and fire, and in unfolding all the wonders of the hidereal metemplychofs, will attend his progress through the DELTA and the THEBAIS; and, for the first time that the attempt has in any extent been undertaken, the Antiquities of INDIA will be made to illustrate those of EGYPT.

The Author would have been happy to have concluded in this volume his strictures on the Indian Theology, but he found that the very curious and interesting subject of the ORIENTÁL TRIADS OF

DEITY

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