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1836 Excerpt: ...or more sects, passing through the streets to the
Hhasaney'n, preceded by two or more men with drums, and generally
with hautboys, and sometimes with cymbals also; accompanied by
bearers of mesh', als; and usually having one or more lanterns.
They collect their party on their way, at their respective houses.
Whenever they pass by the tomb of a saint, their music ceases for a
short time, and they recite the Fa't'hhah, or a form of blessing on
the Prophet, similar to that preparatory to the zikr, which I have
translated in my account of the Moo'lid of the Prophet. They do
this without stopping. Arriving at t'he mosque, they enter; some of
them with candles; visit the shrine; and go away; with the
exception of their sheykh and a few others, who sometimes remain in
the ckoob'beh, and join in reciting prayers, &c. One of the
nights which offer most attractions is that of the Friday (that is,
preceding the Friday) next before the night of the Moo'lid. It is
the night of the sheykh El-Go'heree, a person of wealth, who
illuminates the mosque on this occasion with an unusual profusion
of lights. On this night, I went to the mosque about two hours
after sunset; before any of the ceremonies had commenced. The
nearer I approached the building the more crowded did I find the
streets. In one place, were musicians: before a large coffee-shop,
were two Greek dancingboyB or gink) elegant but effeminate in.
appearance with flowing hair, performing to the accompaniment of
mandolines played by two of their countrymen; and a crowd of
admiring Turks, with a few Egyptians, surrounding them. They
performed there also the evening before; and, I was told, became so
impudent from the patronage they received as to make an open
seizure of a basket of grapes in the street. On enterin...
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