National Geographic : 1917 Aug
Photograph from Rev. Samuel M. Zwemer PILGRIMS FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH PROSTRATING THEMSELVES BEFORE THEMOSLEM HOLY OEHOLIES: MECCA Supposedly a reconstruction of the stone house in which our first parents dwelt in Paradise, theKa'aba iscubical inshape. Inthesouth east corner is the famous Black Stone. At least once during his life every devout Moslem hopes to kiss this stone, worn smooth bythe touch of lips for centuries. It is an aerolite and undoubtedly owes its reputation to its fall from the sky. Inthe foreground of this picture may beseen the shrouds for the dead, which have been soaked in the sacred waters of Zem Zem, the well fromwhich Hagar drew the water which revived the dying Ishmael. These shrouds are taken home by the pilgrims and used for burial purposes.