The Mohaddetyn in the Palace; Nights in the Harem, Or, the Mohaddetyn in the Palace of Ghezire

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 154 pages
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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. 1867. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. When the Mohaddetyn had sufficiently enjoyed the everlasting chibouque, --the most superlative of all pleasures of the Moslem, the fleeting delight so indispensable to all true believers, that I verily believe that they would sit astride across a barrel of gunpowder and smoke, with the most imperturbable fatalism, if so minded. The pipe was removed from bim by one of the little atoms of humanity, who served as attending sprites on his will. "I will resume my description of the strange scene presented by the departure of the Hadjis," recommenced the venerable Yusuf, after his brief interval of repose. "Not the least interesting portion of it was offered by the bystanders themselves. Among the dense crowd were hundreds of the friends and relations of the pilgrims. The men were all dressed in 'fantasia' attire. The women, however, offered the greater variety in their different forms of apparel. Some of them, natives of Tooweh and Matrobia, and as such renowned for their beauty, wore the burko--a veil consisting of a piece of white calico, in which two holes are cut for their eyes, which glance out black and clear, and afford sufficient scope for perfectly free vision, a privilege which they are nothing loath to use." This latter observation was evidently addressed more especially to the Cocona. "Others, again, wore a peculiar strip of muslin or calico fastened to a broad band on their heads, so as to descend between the eyes and over the nose, and was held between their teeth. Some had adopted the broader flap of muslin, descending nearly to the knees, over the nose and chin, for the purpose, it might be supposed, of concealing the blue tatooed marks on the lower portions of the face, adopted as symbols of their creed. Not a few were covered, aga...

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