Travels of an Arab Merchant in Soudan (the Black Kingdoms of Central Africa) (Google eBook)

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Chapman and Hall, 1854 - Darfur - 336 pages
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Page 169 - He has made subject to you the Night and the Day; the Sun and the Moon; and the Stars are in subjection by His Command: verily in this are Signs for men who are wise.
Page 78 - Even more startling is a kindred practice in Africa, among the people of Darfur. " If the Sultan, being on horseback, happens to fall off, all his followers must fall off likewise ; and should anyone omit this formality, however great he may be, he is laid down and beaten.
Page 158 - ... armed myself with my spear, mounted my she-camel, and went forth to seek her. I journeyed quickly, and I was proceeding one night, — it was a night of thick darkness, yet, notwithstanding that, I endured the difficulties of descending into the valleys and ascending the mountains, — and I heard the roaring of the lions, and the howling of the wolves, and the noises of wild beasts on every side. My reason was confounded, my mind was disordered, and my tongue desisted not from repeating the...
Page 107 - it must be observed that the marriage is seldom considered as completely celebrated until the seventh day, and never until the third. A husband always shuns the insulting epithet of the impatient man. Each day of temperance is dedicated to some particular person : the first to the father of the bride, the second to the mother, and so on.
Page 91 - Moreover, he wraps up his face with a piece of white muslin, which goes round his head several times, covering his mouth. and nose first, and then his forehead, so that only his eyes can be seen.* The...
Page 71 - The man was perfectly right," said Ahmed, who went on to relate to me things still more wonderful. " At the time when I first began to trade, my friend, I often heard that damzogs could be bought and sold, and that to procure one I must apply to the owner of a damzog, and discuss the price with him. When the bargain is concluded, it is necessary to give a large gourd of milk to the seller, who takes it to his house, where are his damzogs. On entering he salutes them, and goes and hangs up his vase...
Page 229 - These Fulas were formerly considered to be the most contemptible of the people of Nigritia. In Soudan it is related that they descend from a chameleon and consequently never had a human father. The woman from whom they sprang was found sleeping by a chameleon and bore a child from whom all the Fellatahs descended. For my part I think that this is a fable invented for the purpose of contempt.
Page 171 - Bring me a she camel," replied the vizier, "with a man who knows how to milk!" The camel was brought and well washed, and the milk was drawn into a clean bowl, and placed, with a man to guard it, on the top of the sultan's tent. Next morning the vizier caused the...
Page 80 - Tunisi who states that after the rains at the solemn festival of the sowing, the Sultan goes forth in great pomp, escorted by more than a hundred young women...
Page 234 - ... book ; that they have sapped the basis of religion, and have corrupted the rules of Islam, by proclaiming illegal and criminal innovations as legitimate; by shameful habits; by adultery and incest; by the use of fermented drinks; by the passion for amusements, songs, and dances; by the neglect of the daily prescribed prayers; by indulgence of all kinds of illregulated desires; and by the refusal of tithes for the poor.

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