Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 2)

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



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moves still to and fro around the house, hungry and
Parallel           ^ similar view is indicated bv Plato in Phaedo, where

from Plato.                                                                                   J

he speaks of the soul circling round the graves, because
possibly it still retains some vestiges of the love for the
body. Further he says: "People have said regarding
the soul that it is its habit to combine something cohe¬
rent out of the single limbs of the body, which is its
dwelling in this as well as in the future world, when it
leaves the body, and is by the death of the body sepa¬
rated from it."

On the tenth of the last-mentioned days, the heir
spends, in the name of the deceased, much food and
cold water. After the eleventh day, the heir sends
every day sufficient food for a single person and a
dirham to the house of the Brahman, and continues
doing this during all the days of the mourning-year
without any interruption until its end.
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