Frasi di Ibn Battuta

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Ibn Battuta

Data di nascita: 24. Febbraio 1304
Data di morte: 1377

Abū ‘Abd Allāh Muḥammad Ibn ‘Abd Allāh al-Lawātī al-Tanjī Ibn Baṭṭūṭa, noto semplicemente come Ibn Baṭṭūṭa , è stato un esploratore e viaggiatore marocchino. Considerato uno dei più grandi esploratori della storia, per quasi trent'anni si avventurò tra Africa, India, Sud-est asiatico e Cina.

Frasi Ibn Battuta

„One day I rode in company with ‘Alã-ul-mulk and arrived at a plain called Tarna at a distance of seven miles from the city. There I saw innumerable stone images and animals, many of which had undergone a change, the original shape being obliterated. Some were reduced to a head, others to a foot and so on. Some of the stones were shaped like grain, wheat, peas, beans and lentils. And there were traces of a house which contained a chamber built of hewn stone, the whole of which looked like one solid mass. Upon it was a statue in the form of a man, the only difference being that its head was long, its mouth was towards a side of its face and its hands at its back like a captive’s. There were pools of water from which an extremely bad smell came. Some of the walls bore Hindî inscriptions. ‘Alã-ul-mulk told me that the historians assume that on this site there was a big city, most of the inhabitants of which were notorious. They were changed into stone. The petrified human form on the platform in the house mentioned above was that of their king. The house still goes by the name of ‘the king’s house’. It is presumed that the Hindî inscriptions, which some of the walls bear, give the history of the destruction of the inhabitants of this city. The destruction took place about a thousand years ago…“

—  Ibn Battuta

Lahari Bandar (Sindh) . The Rehalã of Ibn Battûta translated into English by Mahdi Hussain, Baroda, 1967, p. 10.
Travels in Asia and Africa (Rehalã of Ibn Battûta)

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