Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner

Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner

Author:Jack Turner
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
ISBN: 9780007452361
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: 2012-08-02T07:00:00+00:00

The Hindus who are the neighbours of those regions believe that the small-pox is a wind blowing from the island of Lanka towards the continent to carry off souls. According to one report, some men warn people beforehand of the blowing of this wind, and can exactly tell at what times it will reach the different parts of the country. After the small-pox has broken out, they recognise from certain signs whether it is virulent or not. Against the virulent small-pox they use a method of treatment by which they destroy only one single limb of the body, but do not kill. They use as medicine cloves, which they give to the patient to drink, together with gold-dust; and, besides, the males tie the cloves, which are similar to date-kernels, to their necks. If these precautions are taken, perhaps nine people out of ten will be proof against this malady.


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