A Voyage to the East-Indies; With Observations on Various Parts There

A Voyage to the East-Indies; With Observations on Various Parts There

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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. 1757 edition. Excerpt: ...wretched remnant of the Parsees who staid behind in Persia, and weathered out the storm, acknowledge these Parsees for their brethren, but there does nos appear to have been any farther correspondence, or connection established between them. The truth is, that the Guzarat-Parsees seem to have entirely forgot their original country, and and from a long habituation continued thro' so many generations, to consider India as their proper country; even though from the laws of it admitting no mixture by proselytism, or intermarriage, they must for ever remain a stranger race. They are generally fairer than the native Indians especially the coasters, tho' mostly and at best of a sallow yellowish hue, but the women, those of them who are kept up and not employed in hard work, are tolerably clear skinned. They are most of them an industrious people, and the necessity probably that obliged their ancestors on their first arrival to betake themselves to labor for a livelihood in a strange country, has so far propagated its influence on the spirit and manners of their descendants, that they are the chief supporters of the Surat manufactures, and of agriculture. Numbers of them are also employed in ship-building, and in the distillerytrade, which last commonly florishes or sickens according to the Moorish governors of Surat, for the time being, are superstitious observers or not, of the Mahometan law, which however, rather advises against the drinking of spiritous liquors, than it formally condemns it, several passages of the alcoran seeming - seeming rather levelled against the abuse than the use of them, though exprest in such a manner, as if the law-giver had known human nature well enough to think it easier to totally abstain from a pleasure, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520610
  • 9781236520616