A New System of Geography, or a General Description of the World; Containing a Particular and Circumstantial Account of All the Countries, Kingdoms and States of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Their Situation ... with the Volume 1

A New System of Geography, or a General Description of the World; Containing a Particular and Circumstantial Account of All the Countries, Kingdoms and States of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Their Situation ... with the Volume 1

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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. 1766 edition. Excerpt: ... hand others have crescents; and on the resf/ are written thz; names of Mahomet, his dau hter Fatima, and his twelve successors. They have also silk streamers, and led horses which carry the turban and arms of the deceased. The; neighbours offer their service for carrying the corpse to the grave; and if a man of rank meets a funeral, he will dismount from his horse and affist in carrying the bier. None arc buried in the mosques, but in many places they have their burying grounds at a little distance from the town, by the road side: however, in Ispahan and several other great cities, there are but ing-places within the city. Their graves nearly resem le ours, only on the side next Mecca. the earth is made hollow, and the corpse laid in it wrapt in its winding sheet without 3, coffin, with the face towards Mecca. If it be a great man his turban, his sword, his bow and quiver of arrows are laid by him. The reason oftheir layina him under a hollow place of the earth is from the opshiozz that the foul reanimates the body soon after its inter: ment, and is examined by certain angels in relation to his life and manners. The Saieds, who are of the family of Mahomet, never have any earth thrown into their graves, for they are only covered with a oreaz stone. They have generally monuments and tgmbstones as with us, but instead of giving an account of the deceased, they usually engrave upon them some passages of the Koran; or an epitaph, in which, according to the common sense of mankind, life is compared to a flower that blossomsin the spring, and in the summer appears in the full lustre of its beauty; but in au_ tumn begins to wither and decline, and when winter comes on, a gust of wind blows it to the ground, where it. lies and rots. Eight or ten...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973143
  • 9781236973146