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to whom he then remits them again, and utters not a
word until the usual age of speech. When he attains the
period of adultness, he takes the state of a durvish. They
say that such an elect man comes into the world for the
conversion of wicked men. These sectaries have temples
of idols, which they call Chctharten^ and in which they
perform their worship. According to their custom, when
a man has two sons, he destines one of them to become a
durvish ; and the king himself, having two sons, makes
one of them a durvish. They believe that there are two
mansions; the first of this, the second of the other, world;
the son who becomes a durvish takes possession of the lat-
ter, the son who associates with people of business acquires
the portion of the nether world ; when the body of the
father and mother become weak and tottering from age, it
is the worldly son who tenders them his services ; but
when the soul of the parents separates from the body, it
devolves upon the son who is a durvish to serve them.
When a great number of such young durvishes assembles,
then the son of the king, or of any other chief becomes
their head, and they go to Bdrmtdnek, which is a magnifi-
cent temple of theirs. When they return from this pil-
grimage, they become Lamas, that is, Hdjis, "pilgrims.'*
The Lamas abstain from eating flesh and from women, and
keep remote from all worldly aflFairs ; they wear their hair
entangled, and eat from the skull of a man ; they carry
joints of human hands filed together upon a string, instead
of a rosary; and instead of horns for trumpets, they keep
bones of human forearms ; they say : " We are dead ; and
dead men have nothing to do with the things of the

In the praise of the prophet, we find what follows: —


* O thou, by whose cheek is wounded the mind of the red rose.
Internally is the whole blood of the heart, externally the red rose;
Thou earnest so late after Joseph, who was in the garden expecting

That the rose (of his cheek) became first yellow (from vexation)
and at last (from pleasure) a red rose.'*


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