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. 1877 Excerpt: ...miraculous legends are associated with this Convent. The Koptic Bishop of Jerusalem (at present His Holiness Basileos); in whose diocese is the Convent, is generally present. A lesser moulid is held on the 12th Toubeh. Doseh. Ed-Doseh(the Treading) is an annual ceremony that takes place, about 1 p. m., on the last day of Moulid enNebi. The Sheikh of Saadieh dervishes (at present the Sheikh Ahmed el-Kudari) after a long procession, rides a horse over a pathway of about 300 prostrate dervishes. The performance takes place in front of the official and chief tents, pitched at the scene of the moulid. The origin of the Doseh is to be referred to the time of the Sheikh Yunas, a saint who possessed the power of riding a horse over glass without fracturing it. This miraculous feat he was. in the habit of performing annually, as did his first Khalifeh or successor. Afterwards at the Moulid of the Sheikh Yunas the custom was established of riding a horse over a living pathway of enthusiastic dervishes. The custom dates from towards the end of the last century. A doseh is performed on three other occasions during the year, viz:--at the Moulids of " Sultan" Hanefl, of the Imam esh-Shafei', and of the Sheikh Tashtoushi. Duhr. Midday: a little after noon, when the sun has begun to decline; the hour of the fourth daily Muslim prayer. Eed el-Bisharah, The Koptic "Festival of the Annunciation", or Lady Day. Eed el-Kebir. (The Great Festival), called also Eed elKourban, and in Turkish Kourban Bairam. The Festival commemorates the sacrifice of Ismail by Ibrahim. It begins on the 10th of Zu'1-Kaadeh, and lasts properly three, but in reality four days. On the first day every family that can afford it sacrifices a sheep. Poor families receive a sheep, or port...
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