Life in the Moslem East by Pierre PonafidineLife in the Moslem East by Pierre Ponafidine

Life in the Moslem East

byPierre Ponafidine

Paperback | January 15, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXII THE PERSIAN AT HOME Manner of Building his House--Enderoun and Beroun--Cellars--Water-Reservoris--Kursie--Summer-Resorts--Absence of Fashions--Daily Occupations--Presents--Food, Lawful and Unlawful--Wine Forbidden--Persian Table--Sweets--Gez--Wine-Making--Hashish and Opium Serious Menaces to Persia--Edible Varieties of Earth--Amusements--Tamashas--Dinners--Sport--Falconry--Training of Falcons--Special Forms of Sport--Races--Jugglers and Gymnastics. In building his house the Persian is guided by custom and religion. His first thought is for privacy, and he therefore surrounds his dwelling with a high wall. The need of running water for the ablutions prescribed by his religion leads to his turning the common water supply through his grounds. Basins or small tanks are made both in the yard and in the house for the water supply. Further, the two sexes must be separated, and his women so situated that no strange masculine eye can fall upon them, so the Persian constructs two distinct sets of apartments, the enderoun for his women and the beroun for the men. In the absence of timber the houses are built of mud in the poor places, or with sun-baked or burnt bricks as can be afforded by the well-to-do. The roofs, being flat, form sleeping places in the summer and dry, sunny walks in the winter. The Persians are excellent masons, and are prized as such in the Caucasus, where many go yearly for work. In building a house no scaffolding is put up, the walls being so thick that the mason stands on them, rising with the wall he builds. As he lays the bricks he sings a pleasing but monotonous song to the men below, who toss up bricks or mortar as he calls for them in rhyme. The earth needed for the building is taken from the spot where the house is built, and from...
Title:Life in the Moslem EastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021723366X

ISBN - 13:9780217233668

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