RIND, a section of the Baluch race. See Itallich. RING.
Mahbas, Khatint, . ARAB. Anal°, Khal-kbal, • . . Circulo, Anillo,. . Sr.
Bague, Anneau, . Moderam, . . . Tam.
Ring , GER. Ungaram, . . .
Angotha, . . Haiku, Yuzuk, . . MLR.
Rings :we used in Southern and Eastern Asia RR signet rings, with a seal engraved, or for ornament, worn on the fingers, toes, wrists, ankles, or in the nose and ears. A ring is used aa a marriage token in Europe ; and zunongst all nations and in every ago the ring has been chosen as the aptest emblem of time, and such names as ivoc, totseurn, and year, from Yet., to surround, mark the most recurrent period known to men.
' .3fedicinal rings vrere at one time very seriously believed in. Physicians were wont to wear finger rings in which stones were set, and these stones were credited with the possession of many virtues. Sometimes the patient WAS simply touched with the ring; sometimes he put it on his finger for awhile. Many a patient has worn such a ring to stop a hzemorrhage, which sedatives, absorbents, and astringents had alike failed to allay ; if the desired result followed, the ring was unreservedly regarded as the healing agent ; if the cure did not follow, we. are told nothing about it, for in these
matters what is hit is history, but what is miss'd is mystery !' A wine-coloured amethyst, set in a ring, was a specific against intoxication and its consequences ; hyacinth stone, similarly set, acted as a charm to produce sleep ; an agate had wonderful power iu curing amaurosis and other diseases of the eye ; a jasper showed its value in cases of dropsy and fever ; while a coral was an antidote against nervousness and causeless f ears.
The ring, with the title or name on it of the owner, is used throughout the South and East of Asia, to he applied to documents in the place of ft signature • this is mentioned in chapter viii. 2 of Esther, where the king Ahasuerus took off his ling, and gave it to Mordecai. It is so used by Hindus and Muhammadans, even though they can write.