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Concerning the Organs of Generation of animals

Know, O Vizir (God's blessing be with you!), that the sexual organs of the various male animals are not analogous with the different natures of the virile members which I have mentioned.

The verges of animals are classed according to the species to which they belong, and these species are four in number.

1. The verges of animals with hoofs, as the horse, mule, ass, which verges are of large size.

El vermoul, the colossus Abou dommar, the one with a head El kass, the serpent rolled up Abou beurnita, the one with a hat El fellag, the splitter El keurkite, the pointed staff El zellate, the club El keuntra, the bridge El heurmak, the indomitable El rezama, the mallet El meunefoukh, the swollen Abou sella, the fighter

2. The verges of animals which have the kind of feet called akhefaf as, for instance, the camel.

El mâloum, the well-known El beurkal, the swinging one El tonil, the long one El mokheubbi, the hidden one El cherita, the riband El châaf the tuft El mostakime, the firm one Tsequil el ifaha, the slow-coach

3. The verges of animals with split hoofs, like the ox, the sheep, etc.

El aceub, the nerve Requig er ras, the small head El heurbadj, the rod El tonil, the long one El sonte, the whip El aïcoub, the nervous (for the ram)

4. And lastly, the members of animals with claws, as the lion, fox, dog, and other animals of this species.

El kedib, the verge El metemerole, the one that will lengthen El kibouss, the great gland

It is believed that of all the animals of God's creation the lion is the most expert in respect to coition. If he meets the lioness he examines her before copulation. He will know if she has already been covered by a male. When she comes to him he smells at her, and if she has allowed herself to be crossed by a boar he knows it immediately by the odour that animal has left upon her. He then smells her urine, and if the examination proves unfavourable, he gets into a rage, and begins to lash with his tail right and left. Woe to the animal that comes at that time near him; it is certain to be torn to pieces. He then returns to the lioness, who, seeing that he knows all, trembles with terror. He smells again at her, utters a roar which makes the mountains shake, and, falling upon her, lacerates her back with his claws. He even will go so far as to kill her, and then befoul her body with his urine.

It is said that the lion is the most jealous and most intelligent of all animals. It is also averred that he is generous, and spares him who gets round him by fair words.

A man who on meeting a lion uncovers his sexual parts causes him to take to flight.

Whoever pronounces before a lion the name of Daniel (hail be to him!) also sends him flying, because the prophet (hail be to him!) has enjoined this upon the lion in respect to the invocation of his name. Therefore, when this name is pronounced, the lion departs without doing any Ii arm. Several cases which prove this fact are cited.

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