Medieval Researches from Eastern Asiatic Sources: Fragments Towards the Knowledge of the Geography and History of Central and Western Asia from the 13. to the 17. Century, Volume 2

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Trübner & Company, 1888 - China
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Page 188 - It is, however, known to the natives as the City of Dakianus, as Mr. Abbott, who visited the site, informs us. This is a name analogous only to the Arthur's ovens or Merlin's caves of our own country, for all over Mahomedan Asia there are old sites to which legend attaches the name of Dakianus or the Emperor Decius, the persecuting tyrant of the Seven Sleepers.
Page 23 - Kaan," appears to have occupied only a part of one season, and was certainly confined to the parts of Tibet on the frontiers of Yunnan and Sze-ch'wan. [" In the Yuen-shi, Tibet is mentioned under different names.
Page 302 - ... each with divining arrows in his hand, and a statue or picture representing the virgin and child. There were altogether 365 idols there in Mohammed's time. Another object of worship then, and of the greatest veneration now, is the celebrated black stone which is inserted in the wall of the Kaabah, and is supposed to have been one of the stones of Paradise, originally white, though since blackened by the kisses of sinful but believing lips. The worship of stones is a very old form of Semitic cult,...
Page 100 - BALC is a noble city and a great, though it was much greater in former days. But the Tartars and other nations have greatly ravaged and destroyed it. There were formerly many fine palaces and buildings of marble, and the ruins of them still remain. The people of the city tell that it was here that Alexander took to wife the daughter of Darius.
Page 117 - Yule complains that he was not able to find any modern information regarding the famous Caucasian Wall which begins at Derbend. I may therefore observe that interesting details on the subject are found in Legkobytov's Survey of the Russian Dominions beyond the Caucasus (in Russian), 1836, vol.
Page 118 - I shall give here an abstract." (He then proceeds to give an abstract, of which the following is a part :) " The famous Dagh bary (mountain wall) now begins at the village of £>j. 4 versts south-west of Derbend, but we know that as late as the beginning of the last century it could be traced down to the southern gate of the city. This ancient wall then stretches westward to the high mountains of Tabasseran (it seems the Tabarestan of Mas'udi...
Page 86 - They form at this day the greatest and noblest nation in the world, the fairest and bravest of men. It is by their aid that the Tartars have won the empire of the east, and without them they have never gained a single important victory. For Chinguis Caan, the first king of the Tartars, had seventy-two of their princes serving under him when he went forth under God's providence to scourge the world."848 Ibn Said (thirteenth century), quoted in Abulfeda (ii.
Page 80 - It was placed under the direct control of the council of war. Farther on in the same chapter it is stated that 140 king of land, north of Ta tu (Peking) was bought from the peasants and allotted to these Russians, to establish a camp and to form a military colony. We read again in the same chapter that they were furnished with implements of agriculture, and were bound to present for the imperial table every...
Page 203 - OF SI FAN. Under this head the Ming shi, in chap, cccxxx., gives a historical account of the country south and south-east of Lake Kukenor during the Ming period. It is stated there that the name Si fan is applied to the territory situated beyond the frontiers of the Chinese provinces of Shen si (then including the eastern part of present Kan su) and Sz' ch'uan, and inhabited by various tribes of Tangut race, anciently known in Chinese history under the name of Si Kiang. The military districts established...
Page 9 - C%a&cw,79a joined with Dua in making submission to Timur, -the successor of Kubilai ; but before long the two former princes having quarrelled, Dua seized the territory of Chabar, and thus substantially reunited the whole of the original appanage of Chagatai, as it had been before the schism of Kaidu (Yule's " Cathay,

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