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CULTS AND RELIGION:
In this year, a Dutchman named Jan Struys, captured and enslaved by bandits in Armenia, met a hermit—or so he would claim later—on Ararat. Struys, believed by his captors to possess magical healing powers, treated the old man, who in gratitude handed him a "piece of hard wood of a dark colour" and a sparkling stone, both of which "he told me he had taken from under the Ark."

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