National Geographic : 1905 Dec
THE PARSEES OF INDIA 549 A Model of a " Tower of Silence " This model gives a fair idea of a Tower of Silence; the circular wall, steps, drainage wells, the door, and also the inside construction are exactly represented in miniature. sians. Lastly, the throwing of a few grains of rice upon each other is watched with much interest by the friends and re lations of the bride and bridegroom. The eyes of all, particularly of the ladies, are upon the pair to see which succeeds in throwing first the rice as soon as the curtain is withdrawn. The one who succeeds is supposed to evince the more love and affection of the two. Then the senior " dastur " begins the more solemn part of the marriage cere mony, and pronounces the following blessing: "May the omniscient Lord bless you with many sons and grand sons, with good livelihood, heart-rav ishing friendship, and an existence of one hundred and fifty years." Portions of the brief address which follows the blessing are given below. By the helping name of Ahura Mazda may your happiness increase. May you be brilliant. Try to do good deeds. Be increasing. Be victorious. Learn to do good deeds of piety. Be worthy to do good deeds. Think of nothing but the truth. Speak nothing but the truth. Do nothing but what is proper. Shun all bad thoughts. Shun all bad words. Shun all bad actions. Praise deeds of piety. Commit no acts opposed to piety. Praise the Mazdayasnan religion. Do nothing without mature consideration. Acquire wealth by good means.