By Isabella Bird
Isabella Bishop (n?e chicken) released her trips in Persia and Kurdistan in 1891, compiled from a chain of letters domestic. advised an open-air lifestyles from an early age as a healing for actual and anxious problems, fowl toured the USA and Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the some distance East. After her marriage, and her husband's dying, she did missionary paintings in India and, in 1890, travelled to little-known components of Turkey, Persia and Kurdistan. This used to be her so much demanding trip, with extremes of temperature and cruel dwelling stipulations for the sixty-year-old, even if she was once capable of supply therapy for the local community. regardless of vicissitudes, her ardour for shuttle is obvious all through. quantity 2 of this attention-grabbing account maintains into Kurdistan and in the direction of the top at the Black Sea. The appendices contain prayers from Mecca and a list of her itinerary, together with trip occasions.
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Three streams, the head-waters of the Zainderud, have their sources in this neighbourhood, and one of them, the Dima, rises as a powerful spring under a rock here, collects in a basin, and then flows away as a full-fledged river. The basin or pool has on one side a rocky hill, with the ruins of a fort upon it, and on the three others low stone walls of very rude construction. The Lurs, who soon came about us, say that the ruined fort was the pleasure palace of a great king who coined money here.
It is a novel sight in the evenings when long lines of brown sheep in single file cross the snow-fields, following the shepherds into camp. This Gal-i-Gav on the Kuh-i-Eang marks a new departure on the journey, as well as the establishment of certain geographical facts. It will be impossible for the future to place the source of the Karun in the Zard Kuh range, for we followed the stream up to the Kuh-i-Eang, or to indulge in the supposition that the mountains which lie to the north-west are " covered with eternal snow," which in this latitude would imply heights from 17,000 to 20,000 feet.
It is a perennial stream, fordable in very few places, and then only in its upper waters. Varying in width usually from fifty to a hundred yards, it is compressed at the Pul-i-Ali-kuh into a breadth of about nine feet. The steepness and height of its banks make it in 1 A few geographical paragraphs which follow here and on p. 35 are later additions to the letter. 2 Although the correct name of this river is undoubtedly Kurang, I have throughout adopted the ordinary spelling Karun, under which it is commercially and politically known.
Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume 2: Including a Summer in the Upper Karun Region and a Visit to the Nestorian Rayahs by Isabella Bird