Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . as cited by Chateau-briand, a similar mode of trial is practised by the devout.*• Besides the thirty-two columns which sustain the dome,there are two other smaller ones pretty near to the westerndoor, which they show to foreign pilgrims, whom they maketo believe, that when they pass freely between these columns,they are predestinated to the paradise of Mohammed; andthey say that if a Christian were to pass through these columns,the

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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . as cited by Chateau-briand, a similar mode of trial is practised by the devout.*• Besides the thirty-two columns which sustain the dome,there are two other smaller ones pretty near to the westerndoor, which they show to foreign pilgrims, whom they maketo believe, that when they pass freely between these columns,they are predestinated to the paradise of Mohammed; andthey say that if a Christian were to pass through these columns,the Stock Photo
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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . as cited by Chateau-briand, a similar mode of trial is practised by the devout.*• Besides the thirty-two columns which sustain the dome,there are two other smaller ones pretty near to the westerndoor, which they show to foreign pilgrims, whom they maketo believe, that when they pass freely between these columns,they are predestinated to the paradise of Mohammed; andthey say that if a Christian were to pass through these columns,the
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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . as cited by Chateau-briand, a similar mode of trial is practised by the devout.*• Besides the thirty-two columns which sustain the dome,there are two other smaller ones pretty near to the westerndoor, which they show to foreign pilgrims, whom they maketo believe, that when they pass freely between these columns,they are predestinated to the paradise of Mohammed; andthey say that if a Christian were to pass through these columns,they would assureilly close together and crush him. Thepious father, who seems himself to have entered within theseforbidden precincts by stealth, slyly remarks, I kno^v verywell, however, to whom that accident has not happened,notwithstanding that they were good Christians.-f- At MalabarPoint, in the island of Bombay, is a similar hole of probationpassed through by devout Hindoos ; so that the notion seemsto be borne out by examples in very opposite religions. •j- Chateaubriands Travels, vol. ii. p. 870. Frencli ediii^i, Svo.C C2 .388 VISTT TO CALVARY, AND. THE TOMB OF CHRIST. 389 within these walls, and that to which everyother is made subservient, we entered the HolySepulchre itself, the venerated tomb of theLiving God; an excavation originally made byhuman hands, though destined to contain, for agiven period, the lifeless corpse of the greatCreator and Director of the Universe ! To enter here, and kneel before the shrine,and kiss the marble that encases it with abso-lute indifference, I should hold to be impos-sible ; but if I were asked what were thesentiments that possessed me at the moment ofbowing before the altar, I should say, with Cha-teaubriand, that it would be impossible for meto describe them, and that such a train of ideaspresented themselves at once to my mind, thatnone remained for a moment fixed there. Myfeelings, however, though equally indescribableas his

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