Abu Yahya Zakariya' ibn Muhammad al-Qazwini (أبو یحیی زکریاء بن محمد القزویني)


Marvels of Creatures and the Strange Things ExistingEdit

Arabic originalEdit

Al-Qazwini Cambridge manuscript Sadah var

شاده وار

حیوان یوجد باقصی بلاد روم و یقال له ارس له قرن و للقرن ثنتان و اربعون شعبة مجوّفة. فاذا هبّت الریح یجتمع الهواء فیها و یسمع منه صوت فی غایة الطیب و تجتمع الحیوانات حوله لسماع ذلک الصوت، فذکرو ان قرن ذلک الحیوان اهدی الی بعض الملوک فترکه عند هبوب الریح بین یدیه فکان یخرج صوت حتی کاد من سامعه من الطرب ثم وضعوه معکوساَ فکلج یخرج منه صوت حزین حتی کاد من سماعه یغلب علی الانسان البکاء

English translationEdit


It is an animal from Rum (Byzantine Empire?) that has one horn with 42 hollow branches. When wind blows into it an extremely fine sound comes out. So animals gather around it to listen to the sound. The horn is sometimes gifted to some kings, when they grab it between their hands in the presence of wind, a very sweet sound comes out. However, if it is put reverse, the sound would so sad that overwhelms human into crying.

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