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BANG, an intoxicating seed.
sulmaun passover. Caaba, the chief temple of the Mussulmauns at
Mecca. Cast.—The natives of India are divided into
various ranks, called casts: each cast has respective employments, which descend from
father to son. Chaudur, a web of cloth, used as a girdle by
men and as a veil by women,
Mohurrum, a feast in commemoration of the
death of Hussein and Hossein. Motha, a fragrant herb. Mount Himavut, a mountain to the north of
Hindoostaun. Musnud, a throne. Mussala, spices. Musseeh, the Messiah. Nurruck, hell. Pagoda, a Hindoo temple. Palanquin, an Indian sedan, or chair. Parajatu, a most fragrant flower, said to grow in
one of the many heavens of the Hindoos. Pepul, a kind of tree, which, on account of the
trembling of the leaves, and the rustling noise
habitation of a god.
pilgrims were so obstinate, that they would turn into the pavilion, right or wrong: when on looking about for a place to lay themselves down in, they beheld a sleeping traveller in one of the porches. So they went up to him, and strove to awake him; very anxious to make experiment of the truth of their leader's assertion, to wit, that he who falls asleep in this place can never more be roused, unless by a miracle wrought in his favour. And behold, the sleeper was a Feringhee, and appeared, from his garments, to be a man of some consequence among those people. So they shook him, and shook him, til at length he was sufficiently roused to articulate a few words: but they understood not what he said, neither did he understand them. Whereupon, turning him round he sunk again into a deep sleep; from which they could rouse him no more.
Now while they stood in the porch of this fair building, the heavy vapours had nearly overcome them: and surely they had been lost in that place, had it not been for their fellow-pilgrims without, who called to them, and called to them, till, at last, they came forth. Then I looked after the pilgrims; and just as they had passed the pool near which the pavilion stood, it became so dark, by reason of the heavy fog, that the venerable guide could not observe the heavens. In this case he caused a light to be struck, and, fixing it upon the banner, even the banner of the cross, which they carried at the head of the caravan, he was enabled, by its feeble rays, to pick out their proper path; while the rest, through the guidance of that light, found it easy to follow.
Thus the company went on all night; and a dismal night it was, no evening breezes arising for their relief; while, involved in suffocating fogs, they were every moment ready to sit down in despair. However, the holy leader went forward, praying aloud for his people, and exhorting them to follow.
Now towards day-break, the pilgrims began to feel some relief; the air appearing purer, and the ground becoming more firm and dry under their feet. For about an hour before day-light, it was perceived that they were ascending; and behold, in the morning, the holy company found that they had attained a considerable elevation, commanding a prospect entirely new to them. On the utmost verge of the horizon was a black sea, or river, silently rolling its sluggish, yet irresistible waves, as far as the eye could reach; and on the hither shores thereof was a valley of graves separated in three great divisions. That division to the right was allotted to the followers of Mahommed, and to all those who seek salvation by their own good works—that to the left was the Hindoo receptacle of the dead, as well as of all such as put their trust in idols, the work of men's hands, wood and stone—the centre being the land of Beulah, which signifieth Espoused, was the place where the Christian awaiteth his heavenly bridegroom, expecting till mortality be swallowed up of life. As the light of the rising sun unfolded the prospect before them, the pilgrims were filled with amazement, and being commanded to halt, they stood for a while fixedly intent upon the awful scene.
The burying-ground of the Mussulmauns, spreading widely to their right, was filled with tombs: some large, adorned with many sculptures, and set forth with jewels and fretwork of ivory, having spacious courts and gateways; others built of plain stone, but wide and high to receive the livid angels, which are believed to be the examiners of the dead. Four