The City of the Sultan and Domestic Manners of the Turks, in 1836 Volume 3

The City of the Sultan and Domestic Manners of the Turks, in 1836 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...attempted to perpetuate the memory of her devotion and her fate. it seems as though men apprehended contagion in the very name of the plague, for they have adopted terms that render its repetition needless. Should you inquire for a family which has become compromised, you are told that " they are gone to the mountains," and you understand at once that they are infected; and when numbers are daily dying about you, in reply to your desire to learn the amount of the evil.-V0" PLAGUE-CONDUCTORS. 155 are answered that there are so many, or so many " accidents." Every respectable house, and every public establishment, has in its court, or its outer hall, a small wooden erection, precisely like a sentry-box raised on rollers, into which you are obliged to enter during a period of plague, before you are admitted into the interior of the building; and where you stand upon a latticed flooring, while aromatic herbs are burnt beneath, whose dense and heavy vapour soon envelops you in a thick smoke, which is said to prevent contagion. Every competent authority declares the disease to be propagated by contact; and it is singular to see the care with which every individual passing along the public streets avoids all collision with his fellowpassengers. The lower order of Turks are the greatest sufferers from the plague, in consequence of the filthy personal habits of the men employed as street-porters and labourers; their law only requiring them to wash their hands and feet before entering their mosques, or repeating their prayers; while I have good authority for stating that this class of individuals purchase an inner garment of dark and coarse material, which they retain day and night without removing it, until it falls more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236801628
  • 9781236801623