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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... 56. Those who live in their warm climates go naked, except with a covering about the loins; nor are they ashamed of their nakedness, for their minds are chaste, and they love their consorts only, and they abhor adulteries. They wondered exceedingly that the spirits of our earth, on hearing that they walked in this manner and were naked, jeered and had lascivious thoughts; and that they paid no attention to their heavenly life, but only to such things. They said this was a sign that they had greater care for corporeal and earthly, than for heavenly things, and that their minds were full of indecencies. It was answered them that nakedness is no cause of shame nor of scandal to those who live in chastity and in a state of innocence, but only to those who live in lasciviousness and immodesty. 57. When the inhabitants of that earth lie in bed, they turn their face forward or toward the chamber; but not backward, or to the wall. This their spirits related to me, and said the reason was, that they believed they thus turn the face to the Lord, but avert it if they turn backward. The same has sometimes occurred to me, when I was in bed, but whence it was, I had not before known. 58. They take delight in long repasts together; but not so much from enjoyment of the food, as from enjoyment of the conversation. When they sit at table, they do not sit on chairs or benches, or raised couches of turf, nor on the grass, but on the leaves of a certain tree. They were not willing to tell of what tree the leaves were; but when I named several by conjecture, they assented at last on my naming the leaves of the fig-tree. They said moreover, that they do not prepare food with reference to the palate, but especially with reference to the use; and they added that to them useful f...
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