Summary of Al Issa

Summary of Al Issa

A few centuries before the birth of Christ in the heart of Hindustan there was a strong, albeit a small number of people. His name has already been blotted out of history, but the zealous guardians of the legends say that this people conquered all of Hindustan. The people worshiped this woman – the goddess of death. The goddess was chosen among the most beautiful girls by the oldest priests. They secretly educated her, and no one saw the Goddess. When she died, another was erected in her place, and only the priests knew about it. Once in five years the Goddess chose her husband for twelve hours. After it was sacrificed, burning at the stake – anyone who saw the face of the Goddess was subject to death. But in order to become her husband, it was necessary to pass terrible tests.

Al-Issa, the son of a noble rajah, is handsome and strong. Any noble beauty would have considered it fortunate to be his wife, but Al-Issa decides to devote herself to the Goddess. The young man refuses the family, he does not touch the women and is constantly in the thick of military battles.

The latest trials are coming. Al-Issa wins in the arena of the Bengal tiger, tames the evil stallion, which can not hold six grooms. At midnight he is allowed to enter the tent of the Goddess. Twelve hours of bliss await him, and then a painful death.

The goddess comes to Al-Issa in white robes, wrapped in a veil. With trembling hands, the young man raises a veil and sees a toothless, decrepit old woman.


Summary of Al Issa