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discovered that had never before been described by any European. We extract the account.

• About four miles from our halting place, we, this evening, passed the remains of some very extraordinary tombs, built on the western bank of the river, about four hundred yards from it: they were of a quadrangular shape, and had each been surrounded by a low wall of curious open freestone work, which conveyed to me at the moment the idea of the meshes of a net stretched at one end into a conical shape: these walls enclosed an area of four or five square yards, and the entrances to them, as well as the buildings, fronted due east: there were several large mounds of earth and stones scattered over the desert to a considerable distance, which induced me to get off my camel, but as it was raining at the time, and I was but just able to walk, I did not stay to examine any of them minutely. I could discover no inscriptions, and it was in vain that I subsequently made strict inquiry with respect to these places, as I had not the good fortune to meet with any person who had seen them. All the satisfaction that my guide could give me was, that they were built in the time of the Guebres *, but that is the source, to which is ascribed every thing uncommon or inexplicable throughout this country, and ought not therefore to be implicitly credited; it is, however, probable that in this instance the conjecture was right : there was nothing whatever Mohummudan or Hindoo in the style, and if we remove the erection of them from those na. tions, it naturally rests with the Parsees + unless we choose to attribute it to a still earlier period. They were evidently very ancient, for notwithstanding the durable nature of the materials of which they were composed, they were every one mouldering and in a complete state of dilapidation. The most remarkable circumstance regarding them, if true, was pointed out to me by Moorad Khan, who informed me there was no stone of the same description (with that they were erected with) to be found in any part of the country, and added that it would be of no value, for the people of our days were incapable of executing such workmanship. I am still dubious whether these buildings were formerly sepulchres or places of worship; inside of each there was a raised mound covered with stone, which had, beyond a doubt, the appearance of a grave, but it is also possible that this was the altar for the sacred fire of the Atush Kudu $: their numbers speak, more than any other argument, to their having been cemeteries.'

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• * Infidels : so he styled the followers of Zoroaster.'

«t Parsee is the modern name for these people, it is distinct from Persians who are Moosulmans.'

" A fire temple. The Guebres worship that element as an emblem of God. There are several Atush Kudus in India. .At the city of Yezd in Persia, which is distinguished by the appellation of the Darůl Ebadut, or Seat of Religion, the Guebres are permitted to have an Atush Kudu (which they assert has had the


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