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[5] Menhdi.

[6] Barat, barat:  meaning ‘bridegroom’s procession’.

[7] Among the Khojas of West India a person from the lodge to which the
    parties belong recites the names of the Panjtan-i-pak, the five
    holy ones—­Muhammad, ’Ali, Fatimah, Hasan, Husain—­with the
    invocation:  ’I begin the wedding of ——­ with ——­, to wed as did
    Fatimah, the bright-faced Lady (on whom be peace!) with the Lord and
    Leader, the Receiver of the Testament of the Chosen and Pure, the Lord
    ’Ali, the son of Abu-Talib.’—­Bombay Gazetteer, ix, part ii,
    45.

[8] Pandan.

[9] Chilamchi.

[10] Lagan.

[11] Surahi.

[12] Rikab, ‘a cup’; patthari, ‘made of stone’.  China dishes are
    also supposed to betray poison:  see J. Fryer, A New Account of East
    India and Persia
(Hakluyt Society’s edition), i. 87.

[13] Dulhin.

[14] Dulha.

[15] Menhdi:  the henna plant, Lawsonia alba.

[16] Atishbazi, fire-play.

[17] Abrak, talc.

[18] Chaman, a flower-bed.

[19] Anna.

[20] Otto, ’itr of roses.

[21] ’The dress of the bridegroom consisted entirely of cloth of gold;
    and across his forehead was bound a sort of fillet made of an
    embroidery of pearls, from which, long strings of gold hung down all
    over his face to his saddle-bow; and to his mouth he kept a red silk
    handkerchief closely pressed to prevent devils entering his
    mouth.’—­Mrs. F. Parks, Wanderings of a Pilgrim, i. 438 f.  This
    fillet is called sihra, and it is intended to avert the influence
    of the Evil Eye and of demons.

[22] The officiating Mulla or Qazi lifts the bridegroom’s veil,
    makes him gargle his throat three times with water, and seating him
    facing Mecca, requires him to repeat a prayer to Allah for forgiveness
    (istighfarullah); the four Qul, or chapters of the Koran
    commencing with the word qul, ‘say’ (cix, cxii, cxiii, cxiv); the
    Kalima or Creed:  ’There is no deity but Allah:  Muhammad is the
    Apostle of Allah’; the Articles of Belief (Sifat-i-iman) in
    Allah, his Angels, the Scriptures, the Prophets, the Resurrection,
    and Day of Judgement.  His absolute decree and predestination of Good
    and Evil; the Prayer of Obedience, said standing
    (du’a’l-qunut).  If he be illiterate, the meaning of all these
    should be explained to him.—­Jafnir Shurreef, Qanoon-e-Islam, 86.

[23] Mulla.

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