Samuel Purchas.

Purchas his pilgrimage : or Relations of the world and the religions observed in all ages and places discovered, from the creation unto this present. In foure parts. This first containeth a theologicall and geographical historie of Asia, Africa, and America, with the ilands adiacent. Declaring the a online

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Tyger with more 1 wiftnes and furie ayming at his prey, pafled ouer him into the Cro-

\U[K%ca^.x%, coflilesmouth. The admirable fwiftncsofthisbeaft is recorded by ' T//«;. Authors

"tx^'Xl &c' ^S"^*^- '" That both in Afia and Africa they rather prey en blacke people, then on the

■" * ' whiter Europxans.

n M.PoIoitb.z. ^ Muske is made of a certaine beafl called Gttdderi, which liucth, as " Feb faith, in

w/' 37. Thcbeth,and hath a kind of iwelling neere the naudl.which once in the Moone flied-

o Cfiti. dcth his muskiebloud : themoft " fay itisabeaftinChina, which feedeth only on a

Mcndii^n, Cou fwecte roote called Camarus : him they take and bruife all to peeces with blowes.and

lay him where hefooncft putrifieth, and then cut it outskinne and flcfh together, 'and

tie it vp like balls or cods, /^jwo^/^ affirmeth. That it is the Itomacke of a beatt fomc-

w'hat greater then a Cat, whichliueth in the woods, in Countries adioyning to Chi-

na. How cuer, ourgreatcflfwcet wcfecis butrottcnncfle and putrifadion. There

be in Malacca, Sion and Bengala fomc Goats, w hofe homes are eftecnied excellent a.

gaiiiitpoifon, which Lmfchotem^imz\\iQi his owne experience.

Now lervs/liippe our felucs ouer (for weearcnot skilfullof /f^»/>w/?w/ leapcs)
vnto the Hands : hauing fitfl feafted you with the fruits and other rarities of Natureia

C H A p. X I I.

of the Creatutes, PknU^ and Fruits in India.

,rj A -n V '^^^^^ ^ '^^ Elephant and Rhinoceros is alreadie fpoken : and ofdiuers others

miaHhl[i.Am. |7^W||4 y their beaffs. The Elephant is ■•' of great vfe, both for Warrc and

iwV.P/m.AM. |i V^^^y M ^"'^'^' when the keeper employeth him in any burthen, hec gcttcth

Ociaer.&c. ^^^zM'JH ^rft on his necke, andputteth his feet vnder the beaftseares, hauing a

b So un(chot, ^^^^^^ hook in his hand,which he (Hckethaboue between his care','' whcrc

n!itill°AnU bis ftones lie : they the burthen with a rope, which at his kee-

bhc'edi them * P^''^ bidding hee taketh in his mouth, and windeth it about his teeth, and fo draweth

within his bo. ^^^ packe after him. The Elephants arefaid to keepe themfclues chaflly to one female,

die neere the which is thought to bring forth in a yeareand halfe, or (as>4r/iiftf//faffirtncth) two

'■^'""- yeares. ' Chnllophortti Acoil, Linfchoten, and other modcrne Authors, as alfo \/1ri.

hi %'eLh>rcfot fi''^'''P^"'y^'^^''^"^'^^ Others ofthe Ancient, relate ftrange reports of the Elephant.

lib.i.cap.i'fi." ' F°'^ theReadcrs delight I will mention fome. An Elephant being wearic,hafted home;

Th»mML9pc\. his keeper after much entreaty not preuailing, told himitwasfor iheKing of Portu-

erc, gals feruicejwhich he would haue him doe : the bead anfwering hoQ,hoo (which in the

MalabarlanguagefignifiethI will.I wilI,as>^coi?iiinterprcteth) fulfilled his requett.

The fame Elephant wanting his meat; his malter faid it was,bccaufe his kettle wherein

he V fed to boilcit wasbroken,and therfore willed him to carry ittotheTinker;whicK

he did, and brought it againe,bu t ill.mended : whereupon he was fent againe, and the

Tinker to trie him,amended it worfe.The Elephant carries it to the riuer which rannc

by, to fee if it would hold water, and finding it to runne, came backe with grear noife

and anger: the Tinker entreats pardon, and at the third time doth it well;which yet the

Elephant would not beleeue, till by triall he law it held water, and then fhewing it to

the (hnders by that it would hold,carried jt home. A fouldiour hurled a Coco-fhell at


Chap.12. ASIA. TZ-^^/f ©00^^. .>v.V..y;j-;iVi V; 5o^

an Elephant: wliich (becaufc he could not then repay it) piit the fhell in his mouth,
and a few da^es after leeing him in the Chochin.he hurled the farfie out of hii
mouth at the (buldieragaine. Another fouldier injured the keeperof an Elephantj
which would haue reuenged the wrong, but was forbidden by his faid keeper : buK
after cfpying the fouldier, when his keeper was abfent ; he tooke Fiiiti vp in his trunkc
and ducked him diuers times in the water, and then fet him downc where he had ta-
•kenhimvp. They are very ambitious. One being vpbraidcdcf lazincfle by his'kee-
per, \vhenas his buhhenwastooheauic for him to draw, and therefore they had
brought another Elephant to helpehim; difdaininga coriipanion, thriift him away,
and drew himfclfe dead in theplace. Another in like cafe fell on his fore-legges, and
wept at his keepers chiding, and although he admitted a companion till the greater
difficukie was ouercomc, yet feeling it then in his awne power to draw, he put away
the other Elephant with hishead and teeth to recouer his credit. P/uu> chtclUoCone
which learned his theatrical! geltorcs.praiairuig them alone by moone-light .-another
which reuealed his keepers hard vfage, to his mafter, with other like ftotics. Pliny xqJ-
ports things more incredible. Of the admirablcc3pacitie,graiitude, and other quali-
ties of thib bead, were tedious to recite. Art ample teftimoniehereofj is the example
of the King of Aua his Elephant before mentioned, Plutarch, Tlmj/MA ty£li^n,z<i(ie
alfoReligion '^, in waOiing himfelfe, adoring the Sunnc, lifting vp his trutike into the ^ ?l.dcAn.,
aire: but this was rather the relatersfuperftitioii, as that which alfofollowes hi Pin. ""»]''»'■'"•
tarch oi Jones o^ziiccWnh A»tiochw,(ox offering foure Elephants in facrificc, in ex-
piancn whercofhe made foure others ofbraflc. The mightieli Elephant which euer I
read of by many degrees (if n.'t fome degrees beyond truth) is that which Elcdz^ar is
faid to kill.which exceeded his fellowcs.and yet each of them bare ("faith the rtorie)
two andthirtie fighting meiiwlch thtr furniture, in woodden Cables, bcfides the
keeper; whereas 7-'/<»;' and iA.ltaH e fpeakes but of three, and the Modcrne Ob'fer- « An,
uers but offiue or fixe in thofe towtrs girded for fight to the Indian (and therefore ''^'3 '■''P9-
the bcft) Elephants. Of the Rhinocetbs is fpoken before: thebeftare in Bengala.
It is lefleand lower then the Elephant, fnoutedlikeaHoggc, witha home therein,"
■whence he hath his aamc. His skinne fcemethj as it were armed. Itiscncmictothc
Elephant. . .

As for fowles^thcy haue Parrots of many kinds : foi«e reckon fotireteene:and7v^(»X-
fM m' re pleafing in beauty ,fpeech and ether delights then the Parrot, but they cannoc
be brought out ofthatCountrcy aliue. Of Bats theyhaueasbiggeas Hcnnes, about
laua and the neighbour Hands, Cluftm f bought one of the Hollanders, which they icLf.Sxot,
brought from the]landofSwannes,//^<«i!/oC^r»f, newly Riled by them Urfauncel- //i.j.w/'.i.
land ; it was aboue a foot from the hcaid to the taile, aboue a foot about, the wings one
and twentie inches long, nine broad, the claw whereby it hung on the trees, was two
inche ,thep)fleealily fecnc,&c. Heere s they alfo found a fowlc which they called Z^atj^:,
Walgh-vogel, of the bigncfle of i S wanne, and mott deformed fhapc.

In ^ Banda and other Hands, the Bird called Emia or Emejs is foure i
foot high, fome what refcmbling an Oltrich, but hauing three clawes on the feet, and
the fame exccedmg flrong:it hath two wings rathcrto helpe it running, then feruicea.
ble for flight : the legges great and long : they ' fay it hath no tongue, and that it put- i tie Enfatt u
teth out the piflc backwards, as the Camell : that it deuoureth Oranges and Egges, Ind.Or.
rcndring the fame in the ordure, nothing altered. It llnkes with the heeleslike a horfe,
will fwallow an apple whole as bigge as ones h(t, yea it fwallowcth downe burning CciarM
coles without harme, and in a concrarie extreme, peeces of ice.

Of the birds of Paradife, elfcwhere is fliewed the faifchood of that opinion, which
tonceiue them t6 want feer, whereas they goc as other birds,but being taken, the bo-
die (for the moft part) together with the feet are cutoff, and they bemg dried in the
Sunne, is fo hardened and clofed, as if Nature had lb formed thcni. This is tellified by
''P/»^'/^.'M, and the Hollanders. Of this, C/«/?;i*in his a//;;/?d;-;.'^wh3tha larf^eDill [i uinemrlHia'
courfe.fhewingdiuerskindesof them,agreaterandlefre:3ndfaiththat/«/3«<<f fyet- A Pigafct.
/rot Amfterdam fold one of them, which had feet, to theEmpcrour, 1605. ^ut I tiuUund.Nati^
would not herein be tedious. Of the -birds and baafls of India, Aco^ti, Lmkhote^t^
^/»ji«;, bcfides (j#y»fr and others can informe the ftudious,

X X They

504 Of the Creatures^ Plants ^and Fruits in India- Chap, i 2.

They hskue Crowes fobold,that they will ccmc flying in at the windowes,and take
the meat out of the dini,as it ftandcth on the table before them that are (it thcrcanand
nre fuch vexation to the Bufflcs,that they arc forced to fland in waters vp to the necks,
that they may be rid of thcm.They hauc Rats.which the Cats dare not touch, as big as
yong Piggcs, whii;b vndermine the foundations of houfcs in fuch fort with chcir dig-
gings, that they fomctimcs fall to the ground. There arc other little red Rats, which
fmell like muske. Incredible is the fcathe which they receiuc in Goa by the Pifmires,
which with fuch huge multitudes will prcfently affaile any thing that is fattic^ or to be
eaten, that they arc forced to fct their cup-boords and chtfts, whcrejn are their vidlu-
alls and apparcll, with a woodden ciftcrne of water vndercucry of their fourcfeete,
and that in the middle of the roome. And if they forget to haue water in the cifternc,
prcfently thcfe Ants arc a]louer,and in the twinckling of an eye(faith Linfchoten )ti\iy
will confume a loafe of bread. The like cifterncs haue they for their beds and tablcf :
and for the pearchcs whereon they fct their Canarie birds, which clfe would be killed
by Pifmires, yeathoughithungonaflringfrom thcroofcof the houfc. The poorer
fortwhich want cup-bords, hang their fragments in a cloth on the wall, hauing a cir-
cle of char-coalcsaboutit; with this wall to kecpc out this fmall creature, and great
cnemie. There are other Ants alraoft a finger long, and reddifh, which do great harmc
■ tofruits and plants. Grcatis thcharme which Moths and Wormes doe in mens cloths
and bookes, which can very hardly be kept from them. But more hurtfull is the Barat.
tA, which flieth,and is twice as bigge as aBee,from which nothing almofl can be kept
clofe enough, and are to bee eftcemed as a plague among them, like to the Pifmires,
and arc commonly in all fat wares and fwcet meats, and when they come vpon appa-
fcll they leauc their ftaining eggcs bchindc.
g fmetdeBif The Salamanderis faid e to be common in the lie of Midagafcar, anlland of A.
ind.Or.pirt,^. frica, by which thcy faile to India. Of Serpents'' they haue diucrskindes, and veric
h LyenXib,"), vencmouSjbcfidesoneothcrkindcasbiggcasaSwine, which is deflituteof poyfoD,
"^•*** and hurtethonely by biting. But the fuperftitionofthcKing of Calecut multipliethi

their Serpents. For he caufeth cottages to be fet vp to kecpe them from the rainc, and
makcth it death to whomfoeucr that fliall kill a Serpent or a Cow. They thinke Ser-
pents to be heaucniy Spirits.becaufc they can fo fuddcniy kill men. So much hath that
1 An.Gilitini. old Serpent, both at fir(t,and lince,dcludcdmen by this venemous creature. There' are
Hoggcs with hornci m the Moluccas : in Celebes and Mindanao arc Hogges, which
befidcs the teeth they hauc in their mouthes.hauc other two growing out of their
fnouts, and as many behind their cares of a Urge fpannc and a halfc in length.

Offifli they haue great plentie and varictic.Thcy hauc oiH^yevsoi Tuberous \\ih\(\\

dcuour men,efpecially fuch as fifli for Pearlcs. And others bath thcmfelues in ciftctnes,

not daring to aduenture the Riucrs for them. Of fifli-monftcrslikemen,andlikean

>. ^f^^; fcjjij. Hog fome write : and as monftrous is tbat,whieh M^iffittu ^ telleth of a Wtfalc, which

pd, lib. 7. with the oppofition of his huge bodie, ftayed ihe courle of a fh'p, faylicg with eight

other (liips into India, with fo great a noifc and if they had fallen on a rockv

Neither could the windes, which filled the failes, further her coutfe. The Marrincrs,

when they faw two dements of Winde and Current, fodrongly enccuntred, looked

out and faw this monfter, with her finnes embracing the fides of the fhip, and entcrla-

cjng the ftcrne with her tailc, applying her bodie to the kcelc, which contained about

1 An hundred I eightie foot in length. They thought prcfently that fome hellifli fiend had been fent

and Gue Vo- jq dcuour them ; and confultcd of laft fent out their Prieft in his holy vefl.

drantes. ments, with Crofles and Exorcifmes : who (like the greater Diuell } preuailcd with

thcfe weapons, and the Whale forfooke them without further hurt,
m Z.»«/?.c4f 4!. There are ■" certaine fifh-(hells,like Scalop-fhclls, found on the (bore ; fo great that
two ftrong men with a leauer can fcarfc draw one of them after them. They haue fi{h
within them.A fb'P (called Simi Peter) fell vpon fands, failing from Cochin,and fplit.
The men faued themfelues,and of the wood of the old fhip built a Caniall, wherein to
get the Continent, but in the meane while were forced to make a fconfe.and by good
watch to defend themfcUies from certaine Crabs of exceeding greatncfle, and in as
great numbers, and of fuch force, that whofoeucrthey got vnder their clawes, it coft

him his life, as two Martinets of the ftiip told Lwfehaten.


C H A P.I2. ASIA. The fift <Booke. 5o j

Crabbes hccrc with vs haiie a fyinpathy with the Moonc,and are fullcft with her ful=
DCS : in India there is a contrary antipathy, for at full Moone they arc empiicft.

They haueOylterSjin which thePcarlesarcfoundjwhich arehfliedforbyduckcrsj
thatdiuc into the lead tcn,twcnty,or thirty fathom.Thefe men are nakcd.and
haue a basket bound at their backes, whichbeingat the bottomc, they rake full of
Oyftcrs and durt together, and then i ifc vp and put them into boats. They lay them
after on the ]and,whcre the Sunnc caufcth them to opcn,and then they take out fomc-
b^ timcmany,fometimefewPearles,ascachOyfteryeeldeth, 'which is fometimes two
P hundred graines and more. The King hath one part; the fouldiers, a fecond; the le-
fuits, a third ; and thefifhers themielues the fourth : a fmalJ recompencc for fo great ^
danger, in which many men euery fifhing-time lofc their liues.The Hollanders found
Tortoifes fo great that ten men might fit and dine within one of the fliells.

Of the Indian Plants diners haue written, both in their generall Herbalis, as Ten*
and Lohel, gcrard, with other Herbarifis ; and in peculiar workcs of this {uh\e6i,Ciu.-.
fiiti,CjiirciiudeOrta,Cbr:fiofherAco^a, &c. Some alfo pretending themfelues Na-
tures Principall Secretaries, haue found out in thefc and the like, not onely tempera- ,
turcs, learned by experience, but * Signatures of Natures ownc imprcdion, fitted " Ofwald. crtU
to their fcueralland fpeciall vfes in Phyfickc, finding out a ftrange harmonic and H't^defiguam-
liicenefle in the Greater and lefler World : But leauing thefc fpeculatious to better lei- '""•
furc, let vs take alittlc view of the Indian Trees, Plants and fruits.

Of their Fruits, v^»'<W'« is reckoned " one of the belt : in taftelikean Apricockc, a I'aUdaBks,
in fliew a farre off like an Artichoke, but without prickles,vefy fweete of fent . It was
firft brought out of the Weft-Indies hither: it is as great as a Melon ; the iuice thereof
is like fweete Muft : it is fo hot of Nature, that if a knife fticke in it but halfe an houre,
when it is dtawnc forth, it will bee halfe eaten vp : yet moderately eaten, hurteth not a
man. /<if<M are bigger then the former, and grow out of the bodie of the tree: they
arcof fomanypleafanttartes, but hard todigeft. 0( Ma>t£M there arc three forts,
theyarcasbiggeasGoolc-egges. The firft lorthathftones, which the fecond wan-
tech : the third is poyfon fo deadly, thatyet no remedie hath becne found againftit.
Of thchkebigneffeisthe C/««i«/, yellow, of good fauour, full of iuice like Limons:
at the end ( as Apples haue a ftalke, fo) this fruit hath a Nut like the kidney of a Hare,
with kirnclls toothfome and wholefome.Thc Iat»b»s exceedeth in beautic, tafie,fmcll,
andmcdicinable vrrtue:itisasbiggeasaPeare,fmclkthlikc aRofc, isruddie; and
the tree is neucr without fruit or bloflbmeSj commonly each branch hauing both ripe
and vnripe fruits, and bloffomes all at once : Ltnfchoten faith, On the one fide, the tree
hath ripe fruits, and the leaues fallen, the other couered with leaucs and flowres, and
itbeareththrecorfourctimcsinayearc. The langemiu grow on a tree like a Plum-
tree, full of prickles, and haue power of binding. The "P^/i^^W will not grow,buc
male and female together : but of thefe, alfo the CdfAmbiliu, lamholijns and other In-
dian fruits, i leaue to fpeake, as not writing an Indian Hcrball, but onely minding to
mention fuch things, which, befides their Countrcy, haue fome varictie of Nature,
worthic theobferuation. Fortherefi, (jr^c;Af4^//o7'r(»tranflatedby Caroltu (^lufm,
Palndanm, Linfchoteu, ChriTto^horHs AcoFla (writing particularly of thefc things) and
others in their generall Herballsjmay acquaint you.

Of thisfort is the Indian Figge-trcc: if it may bee tailed a tree, which is not a-
boue amans height, and within like to a reede, without any woodiefubflancc: it
hath leaues a fathom long.and three (pannes broad.which open and fpread abroad on
thetoppeof it. Ityeeldeth a fruit infafhion of the duftcrsof Grapes, and beareth
but one bunch at once, containing fome two hundred figges at leaft, which being
ripe, they cut the whole tree downe to the ground, leauing only the root, out of which
prcfently growcth another, and within a moneth after beareth fruit, and fo continueth
all the yeare long. They are the greatefffuftcnance of the Countrcy, and arc of veric (-.e ,.
goodtafte, andfmell, and in thofe parts men beleeuc that e^^^j/w firft tranfgrefTcd fijcs iin-fiaf
with this fruit. _ teH,ice.Gmini

But of greater admiration is the " C<><y«tf-tree, being the moft profitable tree in the a-jHorto,mxh
world, ofwhich in the Hands of Maldiuachcy make and furnifh whole fhips: fo that <^%« notes.
' • Xx a (faue £-« - ''^-7.f.»«?.



Ofthe Creatures^ Plants ^ and Fruits iu lndia> Chap, i j.

(faue the men themfdues) tlicrc is nothing of the fliip, or in the fliip,neither tackling,
merchandize, or ought clfebut what this trceyecldeih. The tree groweth high and
(lender, the wood is of a fpungic fiibRance, eafie to be fowcd, when they make vcf-
fels thereof, with cords made of Coctts. For this Nut (which is as bigge as an Eftridgc
cgge) hath two forts of huskes, as out Walnuts, whereof the vppermolt is hairy (like
hempe) of which they make Occam and Cordage, of the other Ihell they make driu-
king-cups. The fruit, when it is aim oft ripe, is f iill of water within; which by degrees
charigeth into a white harder fubftancc, as it ripeneth. The liquor is very fweet, buc
with the ripening groweth fowre. The liquor extrailed out ofthe tree is medicinablc;
and if itftandone hourein theSunne,itis very good vincger, which being diftilled.
yeeldeth excellent <tylc}i4a-vii£, and Wine. Of it aifo they make, by fettingitinthe
Sunne, Sugar. Of the meat ofthe Nut dried, they make oyle. Of the pith or heart of
the tree, is made paper for bookes and euidcnces. Ot the Icaucs they make couerings
fortheirhoufes,mats, tents, &c. Theirapparcll, their firing, and the reft of the com-
modities which this tree (more plentifull in the Indies, then willowes in the Low-
Countries) yeeldeth, would be too tedious to recite. They will kccpe the tree froia
bcarinf fruit, by cutting away the bloflbmes, and then will hang fome vcfTeJl there-
at, which receiueth from thence that liquor, of which you haue heard. It is the Cai
nariins lining, and they will climbe vp thefe trees, which yet hauc no boughes,but on
the toppe, like Apes. This tree hath alfo a continuall fucceffion of fruits, and is nciict
Without fome.

No Icfle wonder doth that tree P caufcwhich is called Adhere de rais, orthctrceof
roots : Clufuii calleth it (by Plmies authoritie) the Indian Fig.tree:and Ggropim (with
more confidence, then reafon) affirmcth it to be the tree of ty^dams tratif^refsion. It
groweth out of the ground, as othertrecs, and yeeldeth many boughes, which yccid
certaine threads ofthe colour of gold, which growing downewards to the earth, doc
there take roote againe,making as it were new trees, or a wood of trees, couering by
thismeancs.thebeftpai'tfomctimesofamile :in which the Indians make galleries to
walkc in : The figges are like the common, but not fo pleafant.

Ihc Arboretri^i 1 defcructh mention : Itgrowesat Goa, brought thither (as is
thought) from Malacca : The Hollanders faw one at Acri in Samatra. In the day-time
and ii Sunne fctting,you fhall not fee a flowre on it ; but within halfe an hourc after,
itisfullof flowrcs, which at the Sunne rifing fall off; the leaucs fhutting themfeiucs
from the Suniies prefcnce,and the tree fecming as ifit were dead. The flowres in ferine
and greatncflcare like to thofe cf the Orange- trce,but fwecter,in -r^rwl^jiudgment,
then any flowrcs which cuer he fmelled .-thcPortugalshaucvfed all meancstohaucit
grow in Europe, but our Sunne hath rcfufcd to nouiifh flich fullen vnthankefull mal-

And that yee may know the Indians wsntnotihc'xx O^Utamorphofes and Legends,
they tell that a man, named Prfr/pz/fo, had a daughter, with whom the Sunne was in
loue ; buc lightly forfaking her, he grew am; r-ms of another : w hereupon this Danio-
fell flew her felfe, and ofthe aflies of her burned carkaffc came this tree.

'Bettile '• isaleafcfomewhatlikeaBay-Ieafe.and climbethl;keluic,3ndhathn6(t*
ther fruit: neither is any fruit more in vfe then thefe leaues: at bedandboord, and in
the ftreets as they paffe, they chew theie leaues; and in their gofTippings or vifitting
of their friends, they are piefently prefented with them; and eatethcm with Arccea,
which \i a kind of Indian Nut.It faueth their teeth from difeafes, but couloureth them
as if they were painted with blacke bloud. When they chew it, they fpit out the iuice,
and it is almoft the onely exercife of fome, which thinkc they could not liue, if they
fhould abftaine one day from it.

They haue an herbe called 'DutroA, which caiifeth difiraflion, without vnderftan-
ng any thing done in a mans prcfence : fometimes it maketh a man flecpe, as if he

p Chifim <ie-
tree outof the
Relations of
V\m. lib. 1 1,
fluilib.^. and
like kinds (if
not the fame)
de Cj(i.igncila
lib.T. Omeda
lib. 6. LofCT^ or
Vigufctta of
Congo, Sic. C 111 f.
q Garcia! ab
C. Acosla.c.^7.
faith it gcowes
moftm Mala-

r The Plant


Were dead the fpare of foure andtwentiehoures, except hisfeetebee waflied with
cold water, which rcftorethhimtohimfelfe; and in much quantitie it killeth. The
women gine their husbands thereof, and then in their fights will proflitute their bo-
dies to their lewder louerSj and will call [hem Ctfr»»«o/, fttoking them by the beard:

. the

Chap.12. ASIA. The fift Boakii^-r.^-'l'^. ^

thehusband fitting with his eyes open,grinning like a foolc,andvvHcn he mufoet^iio
himfelfc.knowcth nothing but that he hath flept. ', '

Another ftrange herbe is called Sentida, or feeling », for that tfany paffe by it, and a Hoba Vmi
touchcthit, or throwcthfandorany thingelfcbnit, prefcntlyit be&ommech as if ic Ace^. ■
were withered, and clofcth the Icaucsj fo continuing as long as the man ftandeth
by; butfo fooneas he is gone,openeth frciTiandfairc^jand touching it againe, it wii,
the'reth as iJefore, The I ndians luppofc it will procure loUe, and rcAorc Virginhie : A
t'hyfician amonglt them became madde with ftudying to findc^ut the nature of this
hcrbc. Ptg^etta fpcakes of anothcrfort, as after fhall follow. '.Tf;!' ;ri- .— - n-N .:!

But the ftrangcft plant (for fo may we terme it) is, that at Goa thehoi'ncS ofb'ea"fts
fliughtercd are throwne together in one placc,-lcfl they fliould bee occafion of indig-
nation and reproch to any; the {hewing or naming of a home being there ominous".
Thefe homes thus caft forth, after a certainc time, take root, and thc.rootcs grow two

orthrccfpannes ill length. /'';-;'.•■'.''■ ^/^j'- .

Peoper (whereof there are diuers forts) groweth at the toot ot Arecca, or lomc o-
thertree, onwhichitclimbeth, as Bettele orb luic; growing in bunches like grapes, b K/VfoB.^it.-

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