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 -  The like existed at
ancient Corinth under the name of [Greek: Ierodouloi], which is nearly a
translation of the Hindi - Page 680
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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.

(Strabo, VIII. 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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