A Feast for the Death of Sir Richard Francis Burton

24 August 1864 Hulton Archive Rischgitz/Stringer This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.

Gnostic Saint Sir Richard Francis Burton died of a heart attack 127 years ago today, October 20, in Trieste. According to The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius, Burton was an “English explorer, orientalist, scholar, linguist, sexologist, mystic and spy. He was raised in France and Italy and studied at Oxford. He served as a Captain in the Bombay Native Infantry in what is now Pakistan from 1843 to 1848. He travelled the world in service to the British government, and served as British Consul on the island of Fernando Poo off the coast of Equatorial Guinea; in Santos, Brazil; in Damascus; and in Trieste, where he died.”

In honor of Sir Richard Francis Burton, here is a feast he might have enjoyed during his years in Pakistan.


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