Cenrawath is the name of a sect of the Banians (q.v.) in Hindustan, who hold the transmigration of souls so strictly that they will not kill the smallest creature. They drink no water without previously boiling it, lest they should swallow some insect. They burn the dead bodies of the old, but bury those of children under three years of age. Their widows are not obliged to burn themselves along with their husbands, but take upon them vows of perpetual widowhood. Any one who becomes a priest must assume the priestly dress, take the vow of chastity, and practice great aisterities. This sect is held in great contempt by all the other Banians.

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