This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... A BATTLE-GROUND FOR TWO RELIGIONS Through Much Tribulation Not Peace, But A Sword The Persecutor And His End THROUGH MUCH TRIBULATION The wife of Yendluri Rutnam noticed that her husband frequently stopped his work for a few minutes, bent his head over his folded hands, and said as to himself: "O God, I am a sinner. Give me wisdom that I may find the way." She bowed with him. He had told her all he had seen of the Christians in a distant village, where he had gone on trade, and she said, " It must be a good religion." Bangarapu Thatiah came one day to inquire after the spiritual welfare of his near kinsman. For some reason Rutnam closed his heart against him, and put him off by saying: "Perhaps the Christian sect and the Nasriah sect are only the same thing. I shall remain where I am." Rutnam was proud of the fact that he had been a disciple of the Nasriah sect for ten years. He had been at Tiprantakamu several times at the annual feast, and had faithfully learned the hymns and verses he had been taught, and fully believed that it must be true that there is only one God. Yet he joined others of the village people when they went to worship the swami Gurapudu, who was supposed to have his home in a margosa tree at one end of the village. The old men of the village said that there once lived a man, Gurapudu, who died suddenly in a very mysterious way. As usual, the relatives took an earthen pot full of cooked rice to the grave, and laid it in two heaps. Each in turn took "a handful of the rice from one heap and put it on the other, to go through the form of giving. Then they sat down at a distance to watch. Had the crows come and eaten they would have known that Gurapudu thought kindly of them. The Madigas believe that as the crows fly away the soul of the dea...
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