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Sinbad the Sailor (Myths and Legends) by Phil Masters

By Phil Masters

Sinbad the Sailor offers a retelling of the tales of the main well-known adventurer from 1000 and One Arabian Nights, with extra details overlaying the heritage of the tales and the age within which they're set.
Stories say that during the age of the Caliph Haroun al-Rashid, within the port urban of Basra, there lived a prosperous guy named Sinbad the Sailor. Sinbad had nice stories to inform, of the seven voyages on which he got his fortune, of the strangeness and terror he encountered alongside the way in which, of massive monsters and weird humans, and of storms at sea and lands past the horizon.

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For when they ate the food, my companions quickly became stupefied and dazed, and began to eat voraciously. Then the naked men brought cups of oil, some of which they gave my companions to drink and some of which they used to anoint their heads. This had an even greater effect, for my companions’ eyes rolled back in their heads and they ate ever more madly. I became fearful for the others, and so I paid close attention to the men of that land. I soon realized to my horror that they were devil-worshippers, and that their king was actually a demonic ghul.

We drifted for a full day and a night, until fortune brought us to another island and cast us up on the shore. There, exhausted by our ordeal, my two companions and I staggered up the beach and then fell and slept where we lay. Barely had night come, however, when we awoke again. We were aghast to see that as we slept, a gigantic snake had coiled its body around us. Before we could act, it saw us move and reacted by snatching one of my companions with its jaws. It swallowed him, first up to the shoulders and then entirely, and we heard his bones crack in its belly.

Not long afterwards, the ship came to an inhabited land called Salahita Island, where it dropped anchor, and the merchants went ashore to trade. Then, the captain turned to me. ‘Listen, my friend,’ he said, ‘you say that you are a merchant who has lost everything. ’ ‘Gladly,’ I said. ‘There was a merchant travelling with us before who was lost,’ the captain explained. ‘We still have his goods. We know not whether he lives or is dead, but it would surely be fairest if we sold those goods and returned the money to him, or to his family – whatever we find when we seek him in Baghdad, his home.

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