An exact and proper delineation
of all sorts of Dogs
upon occasion of the practice of Sultan Achmet;
who in a great Plague at Constantinople
transported all the Dogs therein unto Pera,
and from thence into a little Island,
where they perished at last by Famine:
as also the manner of the Priests
curing of mad Dogs
by burning them in the forehead
with Saint Bellin’s Key.

This episode, which occurred in 1613, is described in Knolles' History of the Turks, p. 1332: The Grand SeigniourAchmet, eighth Emperour of the Turks being returned to Constantinople after the great Plague, notwithstanding the Turkes hold a firme opinion of Predestination, and that they shall not die before their appointed time, and that the time of their death is written in their foreheads; yet apprehending the infection, by the advice of some about him, hee commanded all the dogges in the City of Constantinople, to bee transported unto Scutary in Asia (a Towne antiently called Chrisopolis) and for the due execution thereof, every housholder was to bring in his dogge first to the Cadi (which is the Iudge of the place) and to receive from him a Tuscany or Ticket for his passage, or else hee was to pay foure Chequines; by which meanes there were transported to the number of fifty thousand dogges. The reason of his sending them away, was, for that reading the Acts of his father, hee found that thirty yeares before, hee had sent away all the dogges for feare of the infection. The Sultan commanded allowance of bread and flesh to be carried every day to sustaine them, which not sufficing, the inhabitants were much oppressed, and ready to fall into mutiny; but by the advice of his Muphti, they were at length transported from thence to an Island that was not inhabited, some sixteene miles from Constantinople, where they all perished. Before their sending away, the Grand Seigniour had propounded to his Muphti, to have them all slaine: who made answere, That every dogge had a soule, and therefore it was not fit to kill them.

Heiliger Bellinus: Bischoff zu Padua, den die Bürger wegen seiner Strenge vor die Stadt jagen, wo ihn 1147 wilde Hunde in Stücke reißen. Es geht die Legende, wenn ein von wütenden Hunden Gebissener und Erkrankter Bellinus' Grab besucht, er gesundet.





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