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yet it hath abundance of provisions.  Travelling from thence through many countries, I came at length into the land of Job, named Us[9], which borders on the north of Chaldea.  This land is full of all kinds of provisions, and manna is here found in great abundance.  Four partridges are sold here for less than an Italian groat; and the mountains have excellent pastures for cattle.  In this country the men card and spin, and not the women; and the old men are very comely.

[1] Perhaps the sea of Marmora; or it may indicate the Euxine or Black

[2] The holy traveller ought rather to have said, that the springs or
    rivulet near Azaron flowed into the Euphrates.  Azaron is obviously
    Erzerum, on or near one of the higher branches of the Frat or

[3] Tebriz in Persia.—­E.

[4] Sultania or Sultanie.—­E.

[5] The Caspian; so called in this place, from Baku or Baccou, a city on
    its banks, in the province of Shirvan.—­E.

[6] Oderic must have made a mistake here, as Casbin is not above seventy or
    eighty miles from Sultanie, and the journey of the caravans between
    these cities, could not have exceeded four or five days.—­E.

[7] Yezd, about 500 miles east from Ispahan.—­E.

[8] This is obviously the city of Kom or Koom, above 400 miles to the
    north-west of Yezd, and much nearer Sultanie.  Our traveller,
    therefore, must either have strangely forgotten his route or he came
    back again from Yezd, instead of journeying forwards.—­E.

[9] Khus or Khosistan, the south-western province of Persia.—­E.


Of the Manners of the Chaldeans, and concerning India.

From thence I travelled into Chaldea, which is a great kingdom, having a language peculiar to itself, and I passed beside the Tower of Babel.  The men of this country have their hair nicely braided and trimmed, like the women of Italy, wearing turbans richly ornamented with gold and pearls, and are a fine looking people:  but the women are ugly and deformed, and are clad in coarse shifts, only reaching to their knees, with long sleeves hanging down to the ground, and breeches or trowsers which likewise reach the ground, but their feet are bare.  They wear no head-dresses, and their hair hangs neglected and dishevelled about their ears.  There are many other strange things to be seen in this country.

From thence I travelled into the lower India, which was overrun and laid waste by the Tartars[1].  In this country the people subsist chiefly on dates, forty-two pound weight of which may be purchased for less than a Venetian groat.  Travelling on for many days, I arrived at Ormus on the main ocean, which is a well fortified city, having great store of merchandize and treasure.  The heat of this country is excessive,

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