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Translated via Aubrey de Sélincourt with an creation and Notes by way of John M. Marincola.

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Quite a bit for his or her clothes. [196] I now flip to their customs, the main brilliant of which, for my part, is usually practised, I pay attention, by way of the Illyrian tribe, the Eneti. annually, in each village, this is often what they used to do. They used to gather the entire younger ladies who have been sufficiently old to be married and take the whole thing of all of them without delay to a undeniable position. A crowd of guys might shape a circle round them there. An auctioneer may get all of the girls to face up one after the other, and he may positioned her up on the market. He used firstly the main appealing woman there, after which, as soon as she had fetched an exceptional cost and been acquired, he may move directly to public sale the following most fascinating one. They have been being bought to be better halves, no longer slaves. the entire well-off Babylonian males who sought after better halves may outbid each other to shop for the handsome younger ladies, whereas the commoners who sought after other halves and weren't drawn to attractiveness used to finish up with a few cash in addition to the fewer appealing ladies. For as soon as the auctioneer had comprehensive promoting off the best-looking ladies, he used to take advantage of gruesome one get up, or a handicapped lady if there has been one there, and he might continue to public sale her off by means of saying that the guy who was once ready to take the least funds can have her for his spouse, until eventually she used to be given to whoever named the least amount of cash. however it used to be due to the handsome girls that there has been cash on hand, and so the horny ladies helped the unattractive women and the handicapped ones locate husbands. not anyone used to be allowed to rearrange his personal daughter’s marriage to a guy of his selection, and nobody used to be allowed to take a woman he had simply got again domestic with out first taking a pledge; he needed to pledge that he may certainly reside together with her, after which he may take her again domestic. in the event that they didn't get on, the rule of thumb was once that the fellow back the money. an individual who desired to may perhaps legitimately come from one other village and participate in the public sale. besides, this used to be their most interesting customized, however it has lapsed and so they have lately chanced on another. considering that their lack of independence they've been decreased to squalor and financial disaster, and these days each commoner who lacks an source of revenue has his girl youngsters paintings as prostitutes. [197] Their subsequent best customized is as follows. simply because they don't seek advice medical professionals, while somebody is sick they convey him to the most sq., the place a person who has own event of whatever just like what the ailing individual is being affected by, or who is familiar with another individual who has, comes as much as him and gives him suggestion and proposals approximately his ailment. They inform him what therapy they discovered potent of their personal case, or what they observed operating in an individual else’s case, which enabled them to get over an analogous disease. not anyone is authorized to stroll prior a ailing individual in silence, with no asking what kind of disease he has. [198] They use honey to embalm the useless, and their mourning approach is identical to that of Egypt. at any time when a Babylonian guy has had intercourse together with his spouse, he sits and purifies himself with incense, whereas his spouse does an analogous somewhere else.

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