By Way of the East, Or, Gathered Light from Our Travels in Palestine, Egypt, Smyrna, Ephesus, Etc; By Augusta Cook with an Introduction by Marcus Berg

By Way of the East, Or, Gathered Light from Our Travels in Palestine, Egypt, Smyrna, Ephesus, Etc; By Augusta Cook with an Introduction by Marcus Berg

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...but in the train when going from Jaffa to Jerusalem. Sitting opposite to us was an elderly woman with silver-streaked hair and beautiful features, and looking altogether charming in her long striped gown, red coloured and silk embroidered short jacket, while the high head-gear was concealed by a white shawl. We made a sign that we should like to see her bonnet. Immediately she threw back her veil, revealing a red high hat elaborately adorned with gold and silver coins, that were fastened to it securely, while several more of the coins were linked together and falling like a chain under the chin and down the neck. These coins were current money, and were the old lady's fortune, and probably had been her dowry. This picturesque, though to us unsafe, custom of making the hat the bank, is a very ancient one. Other women, in similar fashion, string the coins thickly together, and wear them encircling the head over the brow and temples. We saw many who are retaining this old fashion of the unchanging East. I especially recall to mind a Syrian woman we had a chat with, by means of an interpreter, in Jericho. The dark-tinted complexion, black eyes and perfect features were well set-off by the clinging circlet of silver coins. This quaint custom--the survival of many centuries--throws light on our Lord's parable of the woman losing one piece of silver. As I looked at that white-haired dame in the train from Jaffa, and the dark Syrian beauty at Jericho, I could well understand that, if either lost a "piece," diligent search would be made " until she find it," and great joy expressed when it was recovered. But to return to Bethlehem. It is noted, not only for its lovely women, but also for its industry in mother-of-pearl work. We saw many of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679482
  • 9781236679482