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Fakirs under a Banyan tree

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptiste..

[Travels in India Page 166]
London, R. L. and Moses Pitt, c.1677. 200 x 285mm.

View of Fakirs and Banyan tree, from an English translation of 'Les Six Voyages de J.B. Tavernier'.
Tavernier provides an account of the illustration: "Some of the most austere Faquirs live in little pittiful Huts neer their Pagods, where they have once in four and twenty hours something to eat bestow'd upon them for God's sake. The Tree whereof I have giv'n the description, is of the same sort as that which grows neer Gomron, which I have describ'd in my Persian Relations. The Franks call it the Bannians-Tree, because in those places where those Trees grow, the Idolaters always take up their quarters, and dress their victuals under them. They have those Trees in great reverence, and oft-times build their Pagods either under or very neer them. That which the Reader sees here describ'd, grows at Surat; in the trunk whereof, which is hollow, is the figure of a Monster, representing the face of a deform'd Woman, which they say was the first Woman, whose name was Mamaniva; thither great numbers of Idolaters every day resort"


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Stock Id :19454

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Fakirs under a Banyan tree

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptiste..

[Travels in India Page 166]
London, R. L. and Moses Pitt, c.1677. 200 x 285mm.

View of Fakirs and Banyan tree, from an English translation of 'Les Six Voyages de J.B. Tavernier'.
Tavernier provides an account of the illustration: "Some of the most austere Faquirs live in little pittiful Huts neer their Pagods, where they have once in four and twenty hours something to eat bestow'd upon them for God's sake. The Tree whereof I have giv'n the description, is of the same sort as that which grows neer Gomron, which I have describ'd in my Persian Relations. The Franks call it the Bannians-Tree, because in those places where those Trees grow, the Idolaters always take up their quarters, and dress their victuals under them. They have those Trees in great reverence, and oft-times build their Pagods either under or very neer them. That which the Reader sees here describ'd, grows at Surat; in the trunk whereof, which is hollow, is the figure of a Monster, representing the face of a deform'd Woman, which they say was the first Woman, whose name was Mamaniva; thither great numbers of Idolaters every day resort"


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