Brahuis in the 1820s 4

Above: Gohar Basta, or Cyclopean Vestige [Baluchistan] Wood Engraving from a drawing by Charles Masson (1842)
"The ziarat on the crest of Chehel Tan is one of great veneration among the Brahui tribes, and I may be excused, perhaps, for preserving what they relate as to its history. In doing so I need not caution my readers that it is unecessary to yield the same implicit belief to the legend as these rude people do, who indeed never question its truth.

"A frugal pair, who had been many years united in wedlock, had to regret that their union was unblessed by offspring.

"The afflicted wife repaired to a neighbouring holy man, and besought him to confer his benediction, that she might become fruitful. The sage rebuked her, affirming, that he had not the power to grant what heaven had denied.

"His son, afterwards the famed Hazrat Ghous, exclaimed that he felt convinced that he could satisfy the wife; and casting forty pebbles into her lap, breathed a prayer over her and dismissed her.

"In the process of time she was delivered of forty babes, rather more than she wished, or knew how to provide for. In despair at the overflowing bounty of superior powers, the husband exposed all the babes but one, on the heights of Chehel Tan.

"Afterwards, touched by remorse, he sped his way to the hill, with the idea of collecting their bones and interring them. To his surprise, he beheld them all living, and gamboling amongst the trees and rocks.

"He returned and told his wife the wondrous tale, who now anxious to reclaim them, suggested, that in the morning he should carry the babe they had preserved with him, and by showing him, induce the return of his brethren.

"He did so, and placed the child on the ground to allure them. They came, but carried it off to the inaccessible haunts of the hill. The Brahuis believe that the forty babes, yet in their infantile state, rove about the mysterious hill.

"Hazrat Ghous has left behind him a great fame, and is particularly revered as the patron saint of children. Many are the holidays observed by them to his honour, both in Balochistan and Sind."

(Charles Masson, Narratives, p. 83-84)