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Things as They Are Mission Work in Southern India   By: (1867-1951)

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[Illustration: Old India. "You think you know us; you know nothing at all about us!" and the old eyes peer intently into yours, and the old head shakes and he smiles to himself as he moves off. Every bit of this picture is suggestive: the closed door behind, only a Brahman may open that door; the mythological carving, only a Brahman has the right to understand it; the three skein cord, only a Brahman may touch it. Even the ragged old cloth is suggestive. In old India nothing but Caste counts for anything, and a reigning Prince lately gave his weight in gold to the Brahmans, as part payment for ceremonies which enabled him to eat with men of this old man's social position. Look at the marks on the baby's forehead; they are suggestive too.]

THINGS AS THEY ARE

MISSION WORK IN SOUTHERN INDIA

BY

AMY WILSON CARMICHAEL

Keswick Missionary C.E.Z.M.S.

AUTHOR OF "FROM SUNRISE LAND," ETC.

WITH PREFACE BY

EUGENE STOCK

[Illustration: Tamil Text: VICTORY TO JESUS' NAME!]

LONDON: MORGAN AND SCOTT (OFFICE OF "=The Christian=") 12, PATERNOSTER BUILDINGS, E.C. And may be ordered of any bookseller 1905

FIRST EDITION April 1903 Reprinted August 1903 " January 1904 " November 1904 " January 1905

To the Memory of My Dear Friend,

ELEANOR CARR,

Whose last message to the Band, before her translation on June 16, 1901, was:

"YOU WILL BE IN THE THICK OF THE FIGHT BY THE TIME THIS REACHES YOU, [Illustration: Tamil text: THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S!]"

Note

WITHIN a few weeks of the publication of Things as They Are , letters were received from missionaries working in different parts of India, confirming its truth. But some in England doubt it. And so it was proposed that if a fourth edition were called for, a few confirmatory notes, written by experienced South Indian missionaries, other than those of the district described, would be helpful. Several such notes are appended. The Indian view of one of the chief facts set forth in the book is expressed in the note written by one who, better than any missionary, and surely better even than any onlooker at home, has the right to be heard in this matter and the right to be believed .

And now at His feet, who can use the least, we lay this book again; for "to the Mighty One," as the Tamil proverb says, "even the blade of grass is a weapon." May it be used for His Name's sake, to win more prayer for India and all dark lands the prayer that prevails.

AMY WILSON CARMICHAEL, Dohnavur, Tinnevelly District, S. India.

Confirmatory Notes

From Rev. D. DOWNIE, D.D., American Baptist Mission, Nizam's Dominions, S. India.

I have felt for many years that we missionaries were far too prone to dwell on what is called the "bright side of mission work." That it has a bright side no one can question. That it has a "dark" side some do question; but I for one, after thirty years of experience, know it to be just as true as the bright side is true. I have heard Miss Carmichael's book denounced as "pessimistic." Just what is meant by that I am not quite sure; but if it means that what she has written is untrue, then I am prepared to say that it is NOT pessimistic, for there is not a line of it that cannot be duplicated in this Telugu Mission . That she has painted a dark picture of Hindu life cannot be denied, but, since it is every word true , I rejoice that she had the courage to do what was so much needed, and yet what so many of us shrank from doing, "lest it should injure the cause... Continue reading book >>




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