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- n. An Eastern religious ascetic or monk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. same as fakir.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See fakir.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
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After a year or two had passed by, the king heard one day that the fakeer was very ill — indeed, he was believed to be dying.
The fakeer rose, and, making a sign to the king to follow, walked a few paces along a dark passage.
No one knows what was there shown to the king, nor did he ever tell anyone; but, when the fakeer at length dropped the curtain, and the king turned to leave the place, he had had his glimpse of Paradise!
Then they began to talk, and, by-and-bye, the king asked the fakeer if he could show him a glimpse of Paradise, for he found it very difficult to believe in what he could not see.
The fakeer replied that he was asking a very difficult, and perhaps
Instantly he hurried off himself, and found that it was really true, and that the fakeer was even then breathing his last.
Once upon a time there was king who, one day out hunting, came upon a fakeer in a lonely place in the mountains.
At first the king was so surprised and frightened that he could only stare; but the fakeer beckoned to him to come down, so, mustering up his courage, he boldly stepped down into the grave.
Instantly the ground opened, and the astonished king, peeping in, saw a flight of rough steps, and, at the bottom of them, the fakeer sitting, just as he used to sit, on his rickety bedstead, reading the Koran!
The fakeer was seated on a little old bedstead reading the Koran, with his patched cloak thrown over his shoulders.