The para papers on France, Egypt and Ethiopia

 
9780217884587: The para papers on France, Egypt and Ethiopia

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...affectionate, and make excellent nurses and house-servants; the men are active, industrious and faithful, and are therefore prized as porters, grooms, khud-dams, couriers, etc. The Greeks denominated this region of country, undefined in its limits, Ethiopia or the 'land of black faces'; the people we call Nubians, are by the Arabs comprehended under the general name of Baraba, and if you enter the bureau of a merchant, or the mansion of a wealthy personage at Cairo or Alexandria, you will be pretty sure to find the attendants to be Berberees. The country of the Baraba lies between the first and second cataracts, and is divided into two districts, occupied by two different tribes which have their own language. The first district we enter is that inhabited by the Kenoos or Kensees; the more southern by the Noobas. This was anciently the region of the Megabari and Blemmyes. The Ichthyo-phagi (fish-eaters) and Troglodytes (dwellers in caverns) lived on the Red Sea. The hills here change from lime-stone to sand-stone and granite, and hem in the stream more closely than below Asouan. This of course leaves much less land to be cultivated; but the scenery is more picturesque than that to the north, and every inch of the bank is beaming with a fresh and vivid verdure, extending from the rocky barrier to the very ripples of the stream. We now also come to the land of the water-wheel which here takes the place of thes/iadoo/'ofthe Egyptian fellah, or agriculturalist, and though at first its ceaseless creaking is unpleasant to the ear, it is so intimately associated with the prosperity and happiness of the people, and is so often heard mingling its notes with the cheerful voices of the laborers, that it eventually has its own particular worth and...

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