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The Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society (New Series) January 1934




The community as a whole represented by the village elders constitute the priesthood for the propitiation of the deities and spirits although the headman conducts the rites. [...] In most of the hymns of the Rig-Veda which are of the nature of dialogues or monologues —and there are over a score of them--a good many of these scholars read a type akin to the mystery-plays of the Greeks and thereby formulate their theories of the origin of the Sanskrit drama. [...] The natural caverns which have been discovered sometimes with a few inscriptions in brahmi script are connected with the Jains and form the earliest stone-monuments of the Tamil land and are perhaps the precursors of the Hindu rock-cut cave temples—diva and Visnu—of the days of the Pallavas. [...] The plate of the Twenty-four Tirthankaras was found some years back imbedded along with a number of other Jaina bronze idols in the compound of the Raja's College Pudukotah situated on the southern side of the capital of the State and it is now preserved in the State Museum. [...] We have no epigraphical evidence to fix the age of this metal but considering the simple cut and the natural features215 of the figures and of the objects of the attendant spirits we may infer that the bronze plate might have been cast about the end of the tenth century A. D. The names of the twenty-four Tirthankaras their colour their cognizance their attendant spirits and their places of bir


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