"...Such was the Nestorians's reputation for ferocity. In Amadiyah, visiting mountaineers were not allowed in town after dark, for fear they would storm the citadel and capture it. "They are regarded as almost invincible," Grant says, "and are represented as having the power of vanquishing their enemies by some magical spell in their looks."
--Isabella Bird, in Hakkari. From Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, (1891)