' 512 to be conformable with reason, and every prophet who appears is not to be opposed to his predecessor, and not self-complacently to exalt his law: these are the Ydzdanian. Some adopt the law of tradition, which others, with respect to literal meaning, reject as contrary to reason. It is known that there are five great religions, viz.: that of the Hindus, Jews, Magians, Nazarean, and Muselmans. Each of these five proffer claims that their law is the true one, and set forth demon- strations for the confirmation of its truth. Finally, at the conclusion of this book let it be said that, according to the statement of some excel- lent personages, every thing relating to religion and law has been exhibited in the work Tabs'eret id dvam, " Rendering the Vulgar quick-sighted;" but at gions, the same patriarchs and the same books, such as the Psalter, are venerated; the Sabaians have a sort of baptism, as the Christians; they believe that angels and intelligences, these movers of the universe, per- form the same office which the Muhammedans ascribe *o the patriarchs and prophets, they venerate with the latter the temple of Mecca; they perform, however, their principal pilgrimage to a place near Harran (the ancient Carrse.) in Mesopotamia; they honor also the pyramids of Egypt, and say, that Sabi', son of Seth or Enoch, is buried in the third. They turn their face in praying towards the arctic pole. Several Oriental authors have treated of this religion. To those men- tioned in this note, I shall only add Abulfeda and Mohib eddin Abu 7 Valid Muhammed, ben Kamal eddin, al Hanefi, mostly known under the surname of Ben Shonah, who collected most particular information about this religion.— (See Pococke, Spec. Hist. Arab., p. 138 et .ver/., 1st edit., and Hcrbelot).