19D. The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman

Sinbad again goes on a voyage. His ship comes into a storm and he is shipwrecked. The crew is fed by Magian cannibals and become fat. Sinbad declines eating the food and knows to escape to a nearby kingdom. Here he introduces the saddle and is much respected. He marries but finds out that there is a strange custom that when a person dies his spouse goes into his or her grave alive. His wife dies and he is forcefully thrown into the grave pit. Here he kills every new person lowered into the pit and lives from the food and drink which are taken by them. A wild beast leads him to a crevice in the wall and he escapes with many valuables. He goes on a ship and is finally brought to Baghdad.

Sinbad is visited by some merchants and he wants to go with them on a voyage. They come into a storm and are washed ashore on an island. Here they find naked people who bring them to their king. They are given  food, but Sinbad declines, finding the food horrific. When the savages give the crew something to drink the crew wants to eat even more. The crew grows bigger and bigger and are led to pastures like cattle. The naked people are a tribe of Magian cannibals whose king is a Ghul. They leave Sinbad as he is too lean. Sinbad sets out to go away from the cannibals. A man who is in charge of the pasturing shows him the correct way.

Sinbad meets some people gathering pepper-grains. They show him the way to the city where he finds out the people ride their horses without saddles. He makes saddles of wood and lets the blacksmiths make stirrups. By doing so Sinbad earns a lot of respect. He is married to a beautiful lady whom he plans to take with him when he eventually goes back to Baghdad.

One day he finds a man weeping. He says his wife has passed away and now he must join her in the grave as is the custom of the land. They throw the body of the deceased in a great pit. The spouse is lowered in the pit alive with some water and food. Then the pit is closed by a huge rock. Sinbad hopes his wife will not die in this land, but she does. He asks to be excused from the custom as he s not of this land, but he has to respect the culture and is forced into the pit.

He explores the pit and spares most of his food and drink. Then a body is thrown into the put and a woman lowered. He kills the woman by hitting her on the back of her head with a leg-bone. He takes the food and drink and continues killing people this way.  Then a wild beast is in the cavern and Sinbad follows him outside through a crevice in the wall. The crack leads him to a beach. He returns to the cavern and takes as much food and drink and valuables as he can outside. A ship appears and Sinbad tells them he is a merchant (fearing its crew is of the land with the strange customs).  He wants to give the captain pearls but he declines taking payment from shipwrecked. Finally, after some merchant travels he comes to Bassorah and then to Baghad.

Sinbad the Landsman is again given a hundred dinars and comes back the following day for the next story.

A. The First Voyage of Sinbad Hight the Seaman
B. The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
C. The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
E. The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
F. The Sixth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
G. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman

From: The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night — Volume 06

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