Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 1)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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Female dress) have slashes both on the right and left

They keep the shoes tight till they begin to put
them on. They are turned down from the calf before
walking (?).

In washing they begin with the feet, and then wash
the face. They wash themselves before cohabiting with
their wives.

Coeunt stantes velut palus vitis, dum mulieres ah imo
sursum moventur velut occupatce in arando, m.aritus vero
plane otiosus manet.

On festive days they besmear their bodies with dung-
instead of perfumes.

The men wear articles of female dress; they use
cosmetics, wear earrings, arm-rings, golden seal-rings on
the ring-finger as well as on the toes of the feet.

Miseret eos catamiti et viri qui rehus venereis frui non
potest pushandila dicti, qui penem hucca devorans semen
elicit sorhendum.

Ln cacando faciem vertunt versus murum retegentes
pudenda ut videantur a prcetereu7itibus.

Sacra faciunt virilibus linga dictis, quce est imago
veretri Mahadevce.

They ride without a saddle, but if they put on a
saddle, they mount the horse from its right side. In
travelling they like to have somebody riding behind

They fasten the kuthdra, i.e. the dagger, at the waist
on the right side.

They wear a girdle called yajnopavita, passing from
the left shoulder to the right side of the waist.

In all consultations and emergencies they take the Page 90.
advice of the women.

When a child is born people show particular atten¬
tion to the man, not to the woman.

Of two children they give the preference to the
younger, particularly in the eastern parts of the country;
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