“There was still talk about what had happened three years previously in the Bukan valley. The men of two rival families assembled in a house in the village, with their respective mullahs, to sort out a case that had set them at odds for several generations. For a whole afternoon the parties feasted, smoked, and discussed the matter without once raising their voices, but without coming to a solution. So they had banished the priests and everyone under fifteen, bolted the doors and windows, lit an oil lamp in order to see each others’ faces, and settled the quarrel with daggers. There were six survivors out of thirty-five guests.”

~ Nicolas Bouvier, The Way of the World


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