Yezd


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Yezd

(jɛzd)
n
(Placename) a variant of Yazd
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A native, it is believed, of Darabghird in the Yezd Province, he always preferred to style himself El-Hichmakani, a facetious "lackab" or surname, meaning "Of No-hall, Nowhere." He had travelled far and wide with his eyes open; as appears by his "couplets." To a natural facility, a knack of language learning, he added a store of desultory various reading; scraps of Chinese and old Egyptian; of Hebrew and Syriac; of Sanskrit and Prakrit; of Slav, especially Lithuanian; of Latin and Greek, including Romaic; of Berber, the Nubian dialect, and of Zend and Akkadian, besides Persian, his mother-tongue, and Arabic, the classic of the schools.
At one point, he takes it upon himself to replicate a photograph in Robert Byron's The Road to Oxiana, only 'this time in colourt He describes the perfection of the setting sun as he jostles to find a position from which to photograph a magnificent arch in Yezd. By now, he has attracted the attention of two policemen who, having established Carroll has no photographic permit, wave handkerchiefs in front of his lens in order to extract an appropriate bribe.
Within Persia itself Muslim persecution diminished their numbers until only very small groups of Zoroastrians, known as Gebri, remained in the remote towns of Yezd and Kerman.