Travels in Circassia, Krim-Tartary &c: Including a Steam Voyage Down the Danube from Vienna to Constantinople, and Round the Black Sea, in 1836, Volume 2

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Henry Colburn, 1838 - Black Sea
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Page 327 - I was made acquainted with their manner of procuring sugar, which is derived from the walnut tree, that flourishes here in extraordinary perfection. During spring, just as the sap is rising, the trunk is pierced, and a spigot left in it for some time : when this is withdrawn, a clear sweet liquor flows out, which is left to coagulate, and on some occasions they refine it. For diseases of the lungs, and general debility, they consider it a most valuable medicine.
Page 28 - Saviour was a member of their community, and that he entertained the same opinions as themselves, with respect to the interpolations of the rabbins: in support of which belief, they adduce his repeated and violent denunciations against the rabbinical interpretations, and most positively deny that any member of their sect was, in the slightest degree, implicated in the crucifixion.
Page 26 - JEWS. town to a steep flight of steps, leading to what is termed the valley of Jehosaphat, situate in a chasm of the rocks. This is the cemetry of the sect, resembling a beautiful grove, shaded by the dark foliage of a thousand trees, forming a striking contrast to the white marble tombs and gloomy beetling rocks that seem to threaten destruction at every step. Here several tombs were pointed out to me, bearing inscriptions in the Hebrew language, so far back as the fourteenth century : thus proving...
Page 199 - Caucasus not so much for the value of the territory as [for its significance as] a pied a terre to prepare for future conquests. Can we, therefore, wonder at the suppressed murmur of universal hatred which is heard throughout the East at the very name of Russia? Every advantage gained by the Circassians over their oppressors is hailed by the Oriental, whether Mahometan, Christian or Jew, with the most enthusiastic delight. Of the sacrifices and generosity of the Turks in behalf of the poor mountaineers,...
Page 399 - The anniversary of the death of a distinguished warrior, or chief, is celebrated for years with praying and feasting; to which we may add horse-racing, and various kinds of martial and athletic exercises.
Page 22 - ... the soft limestone rocks that towered above them. Their habits appeared filthy in the extreme ; for, besides the stench arising from the numerous animals with whom they lived in common, the immense volumes of tobacco smoke, and the smell of onions and garlic, formed an odour altogether so unsavoury, that we heartily wished ourselves out of its vicinity. On hearing the sound of our horses, the whole motley multitude started on their legs, and rushed towards us; when pipers, drummers, fiddlers,...
Page 238 - On entering the strangers' apartment, to which the prince had the courtesy to conduct me himself, his squire, according to the general custom of this people, divested me of the whole of my weapons, and hung them up on the walls of the room with those of his master, except the poniard, which a Circassian never parts with, being considered a part of his costume. How like the warriors of ancient Greece! And now with friendly force his hand he grasped, Then led him in within his palace Halls; His coat...
Page 17 - The hero by God's divine power! May the Almighty God, in his supreme kindness, recompense him for the erection of this mosque !" " Selim Guerai Khan, the son of his love, is a rose!
Page 225 - ... cross-legged ; and, I assure you, I felt not a little pleasure, when the ceremony was over, to take a ramble through the grounds. " The clustered dwellings of my host, which might be said to resemble a little hamlet, were pleasantly situated on a rising eminence sloping down to the banks of a rivulet; and, being surrounded by grounds, divided, with no little judgment, into gardens, orchards, paddocks, meadows, and corn-fields, animated, here and there, with flocks of sheep and herds of cattle,...
Page 244 - ... Europe, of the advantage of a pretty person, use every artificial means, by cosmetics, &c., to improve their beauty. Still, the traveller who may read my account, and expects to find the whole population such as I have described, will be wofully disappointed, should he find himself, on arriving in Circassia, surrounded by a tribe of Nogay Tartars, Calmucks, Turcomans, or even the Lesghi. The latter, however, a fine warlike race, are nearly equal, in personal appearance, to the Circassians, but...

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