Every twelfth year there is a special occasion called the Kumbh-mela, which is attended by a million of devotees at one time.
Pomp. Mela iii.
If Strabo and Herodotus and Pomponius Mela, for example, describe a custom, rite or strange notion in the Old World, and if mariners and missionaries find the same notion or custom or rite in Polynesia or Australia or Kamchatka, we can scarcely doubt the truth of the reports.
Pomponius Mela speaks of the climate as unfit for ripening grain, but he, too, notices the luxuriance of the grass.