The Like Existed At
Ancient Corinth Under The Name Of [Greek:
Ierodouloi], which is nearly a
translation of the Hindi name of the girls, Deva-dasi.
6, sec. 20.) "Each (Dasi) is married to an idol when quite young. The
female children are generally brought up to the trade of the mothers. It is
customary with a few castes to present their superfluous daughters to the
Pagodas." (Nelson's Madura Country, Pt. II. 79.) A full account of this
matter appears to have been read by Dr. Shortt of Madras before the
Anthropological Society But I have only seen a newspaper notice of it.
NOTE 19. - The first part of this paragraph is rendered by Marsden: "The
natives make use of a kind of bedstead or cot of very light canework, so
ingeniously contrived that when they repose on them, and are inclined to
sleep, they can draw close the curtains about them by pulling a string."
This is not translation. An approximate illustration of the real statement
is found in Pyrard de Laval, who says (of the Maldive Islanders): "Their
beds are hung up by four cords to a bar supported by two pillars.... The
beds of the king, the grandees, and rich folk are made thus that they may
be swung and rocked with facility." (Charton, IV. 277.) In the Ras
Mala swinging cots are several times alluded to. (I. 173, 247, 423.) In
one case the bed is mentioned as suspended to the ceiling by chains.
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