The Life and Correspondence of M. G. Lewis; With Many Pieces in Prose and Verse Volume 2
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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Hadgees setting out on their pilgrimage to Mecca.... afterwards came the Mahmal, a large pavilion of black silk, fixed upon the back of a very tall camel, with the curtains adorned with gold fringes spreading around the beast to the ground, and at the top a gold ball. The camel that carries it has large robes of beads, fish-shells, fox-tails, and other fantastical ornaments of the same kind, hung round his head, neck, and legs. This is assigned to do honour to the koran, which is placed with great reverence under the pavilion, where it is carried in state to and from Mecca. The camel that carries this sacred load, has the privilege of being ever after exempted from all other burdens."--Maundrel's Travels from Aleppo to Jerusalem. "World Displayed." Third Edition, 1764, vol. xi., p. 103. if) "Full seven times in solemn march they moved, Ground the hallow'd temple Abraham loved." "The principal end of the pilgrimage to Mecca, is to visit the kabba, or chapel, of the patriarch Abraham, and perform certain acts of devotion in the courts that surround it, and not on account of Mecca's being the birthplace of Mahomet, much less because his tomb is there, because that is at Medina, above two hundred miles to the north of Mecca. The principal things the pilgrims perform, when they come to the town are the following; namely, the going in procession seven times round Abraham's chapel; the kissing a black stone there; the spending a certain portion of lime at Mount Arafat; the sacrificing a sheep upon Mount Menah, in remembrance of Abraham's going to sacrifice his son; the drinking of the water of the well Zemzem; the taking seven turns between the little hills of Safa and Merva: and the throwing stones over their heads...
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