Wanderings Among the Falashas in Abyssinia: Together with a Description of the Country and Its Various Inhabitants. Illustrated by a Map and Twenty Engravings of Scenes and Persons, Taken on the Spot

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Wertheim, Macintosh, and Hunt, 1862 - History - 322 pages
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Wanderings Among the Falashas in Abyssinia: Together with a Description of the Country and Its Various Inhabitants. Illustrated by a Map and Twenty Engravings of Scenes and Persons, Taken On the Spot.
 

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Page 190 - Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Page 185 - The most probable conjecture is, that at a very early period — perhaps when Solomon's fleet navigated the Red Sea — some adventurous Jews, impelled by love of gain, settled among the pleasant hills of Arabia Felix ; whilst others of a more daring and enterprising spirit were induced to try their fortunes in the more remote, though not less salubrious, mountain scenes of Ethiopia.
Page 186 - Judith, they maintained till the beginning of the 17th century a chequered and independent existence. With the fall of their last ruler, and the capture of their strongholds, the Falashas were driven from their rocky homes, and forced to seek a refuge in the midst of their enemies, the detested Amharas.
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Page 158 - ... voice, promised to obey the request. " Still anxious to delay his exit, he demanded something to eat ; and to my utter disgust, his taste was as coarse as the torments inflicted on the young woman were ungallant. Filth and dirt of the most revolting description, together with an admixture of water, were the choice delicacies he selected for his supper. This strange fare, which the most niggardly hospitality could not refuse, several persons hastened to prepare, and when all was ready, and the...
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