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Definition

The name given to a murderous cult that operated in central and north India for many years until they were all killed off by the British, one Colonel Sleeman in particular. A ruhmal or stangling ligature scarf or cummerbund was the weapon of choice.

The english word thug comes from thuggee...

Usage

The famous thuggee Behram used his cummerbund as a ruhmal with a large medallion sewn into it, to murder his victims. Behram could cast the ruhmal so as to cause the medallion to land at the adam's-apple of his victims, adding extra pressure to the neck while he strangled them.
Added 2011-07-09 by porkipaya

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

rowdy, KD

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