Manga Pier Tombs.[Manghopir, Karachi]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the shrine of Manghopir and other tombs surrounding it, on the outskirts of Karachi, taken by an unknown photographer, c.1900, from an album of 46 prints titled 'Karachi Views'. Manghopir is the shrine of the Sufi saint Sakhi Sultan Mangho Pir, or Saint of the Crocodiles. The saint, it is said, came here from Arabia in the 13th century and meditated in a cave. He is particularly venerated by the local tribes of Afro-Sindhis who are descended from African slaves. There are sacred crocodiles in a pool near the shrine which are honoured each year in a festival.