phansigar

phansigar

(ˈfɑːnsɪˌɡɑː; ˈpɑːn-)
n
a person from East India who operates as a thief and a murderer
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Another term 'PhansiGar' was also introduced for such swindlers but it couldn't snatch fame which was robbed by the word 'thug'.
"In addition to the possible (probable?) negative health effects, artificial sweeteners have another problem: they all taste bad and leave a disagreeable aftertaste," wrote online commenter Phansigar. "I avoid them.
(2) The novel capitalized on a series of revelations about the secret Indian religious society known variously as Thuggee, Thagi, and Phansigar. This organization had first attracted attention in England in 1836, when William H.
Colonel William Henry Sleeman's sensational history of thuggee/thagi (banditry)--"that extraordinary fraternity of assassins" (297) in The Thugs or Phansigars of India--is an excellent illustration of the British claim that Hindu asceticism produced criminals in ochre robes who raided and murdered the local populace.
(The Hindustani word for a "noose" is "Phansi", hence their alternative name of "Phansigars").
The thuggees, also called the Phansigars, a Hindi word for "noose operators", offered the dead bodies as sacrifices to Kali, the goddess of death and destruction.
The thuggees, also known as the Phansigars, a Hindi word for "noose operators", offered the dead bodies as sacrifices to Kali, the goddess of death and destruction.