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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. Of Guests and Visitors, and the lucky periods of their coming and departure. I. The rules of hospitality regarding the reception and entertainment of guests or visitors have been slightly adverted to in a former chapter. There are lucky and unlucky days on this subject as in every other human proceeding, and it behoves every person to follow implicitly what tradition and experience have proved to be productive of the greatest good. Although it is not lucky for a guest to enter the house of a friend on a Wednesday night, Tuesday night is not liable to the same objection. The moment he arrives he is welcomed by being presented with the kalyun and coffee. And if your guest be a young man of noble presence and attractive manners, he is entitled to enjoy your hospitality for three days certain; after that, at his own option, he may be permitted to lengthen his stay: and it is wajib for the young mistress of the house, in the mean time, unknown to her husband, to seek every convenient opportunity to converse with him and exchange vows of friendship, so dear and consoling to youthful hearts. And, on any occasion, should her return home be delayed till a late hour, a ladder may be placed against the wall, that she may enter the house by the door on the terrace, unseen. And the guest should be presented with a red apple, or a yellow quince, and sugar-cake and aromatics as a token of kindness and favour. Bibi Jan Afroz insists, that after a guest has eaten his fill at dinner, it is wajib to take up two or three large morsels of meat, and present them to him to eat, whether he will or not, and if he cannot swallow the whole, another banquet must be given the following night. And also, whenever female friends are entertained by the...
  • ISBN13: 9781230310916
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00022
Dimensions7.4 x 9.7 inches
Primary CategoryHistory/General

Customs and Manners of the Women of Persia and Their Domestic Superstitions

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