"I was like the Arabian who had been buried with the dead, and found a passage to life"

   A reference to one of Sinbad the Sailor's more gruesome adventures from the well-known Arabian Nights cycle - buried alive in a cavern of rotting corpses, in accordance with the arcane marriage laws of an otherwise idyllic island, he survives by murdering his fellow prisoners for their provisions.

Online edition of 'One Thousand and One Nights', based on the translation by Richard Burton, (1882)