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  1. thuggeenoun

    murder and robbery by thugs


  1. Thuggeenoun

    A thug (member of band of assassins in India).

  2. Thuggeenoun

    The murder and robbery of groups of travellers in India.


  1. Thuggee

    Thuggee (UK: , US: ) are actions and crimes carried out by Thugs, historically, organised gangs of professional robbers and murderers in India. The English word thug traces its roots to the Hindi ठग (ṭhag), which means 'swindler' or 'deceiver'. Related words are the verb thugna ('to deceive'), from the Sanskrit स्थग (sthaga 'cunning, sly, fraudulent') and स्थगति (sthagati, 'he conceals'). This term, describing the murder and robbery of travellers, was popular in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, especially northern and eastern regions of historical India (present-day northern/eastern India and Bangladesh). Contemporary scholarship is increasingly skeptical of the thuggee concept, and has questioned the existence of such a phenomenon, which has led many historians to describe thuggee as the invention of the British colonial regime.Thugs were said to have travelled in groups across the Indian subcontinent. Thugs are said to have operated as gangs of highway robbers, tricking and later strangling their victims. To take advantage of their victims, the thugs would join travellers and gain their confidence, which would allow them to surprise and strangle the travellers with a handkerchief or noose. They would then rob and bury their victims. This led to the thugs being called Phansigar ("using a noose"), a term more commonly used in southern India. During the 1830s, the thugs were targeted for eradication by the Governor-General of India, Lord William Bentinck, and his chief captain, William Henry Sleeman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thuggeenoun

    the practice of secret or stealthy murder by Thugs


  1. Thuggee

    Thuggee, also known as tuggee refers to the acts of thugs, an organized gang of professional assassins. The thugs traveled in groups across India for several hundred years. They were devoted to Kali, a Hindu goddess associated with violence, sexuality, and more recently, empowerment. They were first mentioned in the Ẓiyāʾ-ud-Dīn Baranī dated around 1356. In the 1830s they were targeted by William Bentinck, along with his chief captain William Henry Sleeman, for eradication. They were seemingly destroyed by this effort. According to some estimates the Thugs murdered 1 million people between 1740 and 1840. The Thugs would join travellers and gain their confidence. This would allow them to then surprise and strangle their victims by tossing a handkerchief or noose around their necks. The killings were performed in honour of the Hindu goddess Kali and were very ritualistic. They would then rob their victims of valuables and bury their bodies. This led them to also be called Phansigar, a term more commonly used in southern India.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thuggee in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thuggee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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