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Full text of "The Dabistan"

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the 6th of Khorddd (May); the 10th of Abdn (Octo-
ber); the 9th of Azar (November)'; in the month
of Dai (December) are three festivals, viz. on the
8th, the 15th, and the 23rd; besides, the 2nd of
Bahman (January), and the 15th of Isfenddrmend
(February). The known festivals are to be cele-
brated according to regulations; and the nights of
iheNdti-roz and Sherif, " glorious/' nre to be illumi-
nated by torches, in the manner of the night Bha-
rdt, in the 8th Arabian month, called Shdabdn,
i( consecrated to the memory of forefathers;" and
in the first night which is followed by the morning
of a festival, the kettle-drum is to be beaten, which
is also to be done on an elephant's back on all fes-
tivals. A woman ought never, without necessity,
to appear on horseback. The Kiitwal is enjoined
to separate the fords of rivers for bathing from
those for fetching water, and to assign particular
fords to women.

The emperor inhabiting the seventh heaven, Ak-
bar, wrote a book of advice for the King Alias Safavi,
and this was also penned by Shaikh Abu 1 FaziL
Some precepts from this book are as follows: The
high personages of the people, who ar£ the deposi-
tors of the divine secrets, are to be considered with
eyes of benign admiration, and kept with zeal in our
conciliated hearts. Acknowledging that the bounty
of the incomprehensible God embraces all religions.