Moorish Lotos Leaves; Glimpses of Southern Marocco

Moorish Lotos Leaves; Glimpses of Southern Marocco

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...His snout digs sepulchres where'er he goes; Being moved, he strikes whate'er is in his way, And whom he strikes his cruel tushes slay. Let him but sight you, then, with a grunt that rises into a scream of fury, instantly at lightning speed he charges in a way calculated to discompose the very strongest nerves, even to the extent of "blue funk"--from ultramarine to indigo. If your hand trembles a hair's breadth, if your bullet or slugs fail to stop the boar's mad rush, the betting is in favour of the pig at long odds, at least ten to one on tusks against clubbed gun or hunting-knife. If you can't "shin up" a tree, say your prayers. I will not attempt to describe the amount of comfort which, under such circumstances, is to be found even in the very thorniest of argan trees. Not only is the boar a precious ugly customer when living, but also, I may add, a precious tough customer when dead. His flesh, prohibited in the Table Chapter of the Koran, is rarely eaten by the Moors of the towns, but is frequently consumed by the country people. But, in my opinion, much culinary skill is needed to render palatable the lean and stringy meat of all but the suckling; which reminds me that I once saw in the stables of the governor of Haha a litter of young boar, preserved there to guard his other animals against all malign influences, for evil spirits are irresistibly attracted and absorbed by pig. In fact, Moorish superstition considers even the tusk of the boar a potent charm against the dreaded "evil eye." But revenons d nos cochons. From my lurking-place beneath the white-broom Be it known unto you that for the first few weeks of its existence, the infant boar wears a grayish drab coat with chocolate stripes, which he...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655227X
  • 9781236552273