20 Mahs l in the dictionary is interpreted ' : a cotn- ic puter," but in the idiom of this tribe it signifies (as just said) that every individual, in his disposition and action, bears a vestige of the disposition of a former state. It is a part of their persuasion, that, when an individual enters for the first time in a society, the name of whatever in the three kingdoms of nature he first brings upon his tongue, is sup- posed to be the ihsa, or " mark," that in a former state he had been the very thing the name of which had fallen from his tongue. These sectaries hold, that pilgrims exercise the profession of cheats, wearing a garment marked with stripes, which they call the vest of Kerbala ; and that they practise but hypocrisy and deceit. When, according to their low disposition, they descend to the state of brutes, they become animals, which the Hindus call Galhari, ' * squirrel ; " and when transformed into vegetables, they become striped pumpkins, or weak jujube-trees ; when they undergo the transformation into minerals, they are onyxes. In this sense this sect interprets the mahs, or <c mark.'' Lawyers and governors, who w ash hands and mouth, friends of white garments, be- mahs and L^^S ihs'a, are derived from the same root, ,v3^ has, " making an impression;" ihsa is interpreted in Rich- ardson's Diet., new edit., " numbering, computing."