A tall man, with broad shoulders, a large head, and a drooping black mustache, he was a swordsman, a drinker, a brawler, and a practical joker. As a young intelligence officer in India, he stunted his military career with a report on homosexual brothers in Karachi, but he learned at least nine languages not including the 60 words of monkey he picked up from his pet troop , and he developed a habit of wearing disguises to go where white men were not welcome — in Mecca he posed as a Pathan born of Afghan parents in India.
One of his best-known, but most unhappy explorations was with John Speke to find the source of the Nile. His descriptions of the land and people are better than photographs.
The Sioux are tall men, straight, and well-made: they are never deformed, and are rarely crippled, simply because none but the able-bodied can live. They tread, like the anteater, more heavily on the outer than on the inner edge.
During his three weeks in Salt Lake City, Burton attended services and dances, checked prices in stores, and wandered through cemeteries. Polygamy interested him keenly. He compares it to what he has seen in other cultures — he knew African chiefs with wives, and had visited the inside of a Moslem harem. Add to watch list. People who viewed this item also viewed.
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