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ftiootinc off contmually in their march their aity Ordinance.with dreadful lightnings,
whereat the amazed Earth fhrinkes in her felfe, and the infulting waters for three mo-
neths fpace trample ouer all, and fend colonies of fiflics to inhabit the loile, engirting
meane while all the Townes with a ftrait ficgc. But when the Sunne, in his Autumnc
leo alledgeth „j^ff^^ f^nds forth the windes to fummon the clouds to attend on hit fiery Chari-

romcCh°ch° ot ; The Earth by degrees lookcs vp with her dirtie face, bcmircd with wafliing, and
thinke it to makes vfc of the flime,whieh cannot ru^ne aw ay with the fleeting waters to ferue her
come from Ni- jjj ^\^^ ycare after, as treafurer of her plcntie and abundance.

lus by fomc Bichri and Mtfliudi, ancient African Writers, knew little ofthcfe parts : f but a Ma-

^affaee*The humetan Preacherinthe ^So.ycareofthe Hr|«r<?, made the people of Luntuna, and
nuthisvncer- Libya, of his faithlcflc faith : and after that, they were difcouered. Theyliued, faith
taine,thean- ifoilikebcafts, without King, Lord, Common-wealth oranygoucrnment, fcarcc
knowin" to fow their grounds : clad in skins of beafts : not hauing any peculiar wife ;
but lie ten or twelue men and women together,each man chufing which he beftliked.
Warre they wage w ith no other Naion, nor ate defirous to trauell out of their coun-
try .Some worfhip the Sun at the rifing : Others,as the people of Gualata.thc Fire : and
thofe of Gaoga are Chriftiansihke the Egyptians : lofefh King of Marocco fubdued
them : and after that the fiue peoples of Libya,of whom they learned the Mahunietati
Law,and other Arts,and the Merchants of Barbary frequented thofe parts.The Liby-
ans diuided them into fifteen parts,each third part of thofe fiue peoples pofTefling one.
But the g prefentKingof Tombuto, y^^«i«c/;7z.fAM, being rijade Generallofthc
Forces aiSeni Belt the former King,which was a Liby an,after his death flew his fons,
and brought the Kingdome to the Negros,conquering many Prouinces. After which
he went to Mecca on Pilgrimage,and thereby fct himtelfc in debt an hundred and fif«
ticthoufanddukats. A great part ofthofe parts by their difference of Language and
Religion, is yet vnfcnowne to vs.

Gualatawas (iibduedbytheKingof Tombuto,abeggerIyCountrcy. This Regi-
on adioyneth to Cape Blanco. The Portugals, when they difcouered thefe Coafl*
for Henri the Inftnta, traded heere for flaucs as fafrc as Canaga, or Senaga (to which
pur Nation ^ hath fince traded) and is an arme, as is faid.of Niger. Thefe people in-
habiting on this Riuer,y^/»</<r ' </< C4(/4wcH<>, a Venetian, calls Azanaghi, and faith,
that when firft the Portugals failed thither,their fimplicitie was fuch, hauing neuer be-
fore fecnc a fhippe, they rooke the fliippes for great birds with white wings, out of
fome f^range place comming thither : but when they faw them (trike faile, they chan-
ged their opinion, and thought them to bee fiflies, feeing them a farrc off: but when
ihey faw them the next day fo far off from that place, they tookc them for night- gob-
lins or (pirits.

This did he learncof diuers of the Azanaghi,flaues in Portugal. They hid their fa-
ces no lelTe then the priuities, cftecming the mouth viimcetc to be fccne, whence they

belched



gne deferts
not admitting
due fearch.
f Lto,Ub.7,



g Amt IJX«.



li Kic. RuMds,

Hick,.

t CadamoHo.



Chap.14- AFRICA. Thefixt'Booke.



^45



bcIchcd fuchfowre breath. They had a kinde of Muffler to hide it, and part of the
nofe, only difcoucring rhe fame at meat. Other Goucrriours they then had not, on'y
morcrcuerence was done to the molt rich. A beggeriy, thceuilli, lying, trechcrous
Nation, as any in the world. They annoint their hairc eucry day with fattc of fi{h for
great gallentry, whereof they flinkc exceedingly. And IcU you fhould thinke better
of their eyes then of their nofe, their women eftceme it the greatefipart of goodly
feature, tohaue large brcalh, whichby Artandinduflriousfhetchingof them, they
enlarge, and fomc of jhem haue them hanging to their Naiiell.

Ncere vnto thofe are ccrtaineNegros, which fuffer not themfelues to be feene ofa-
ny, nor to be heard fpcakc : but haue excellent gold which they exchange with other
Negros, which bring vnto- them Salt, fuch as the mincrall Salt of tagazza, and lea-
uing the fame, they goeaway from thence halfc a dayesiourney: the Negros come
downeincertaineBarkes, andlayatcucry heapeof Salt aquantity of gold, and goe
their wayes. When the Salt-Merchants rcturne, if they like the fuiTime, they take it;
if not, they leaue the gold flill with the Salt, and goe their wayes ; and then the other
returnc, and what heapes of Salt they findc without gold,thcy take for their owne:the
other, either they Icaue more gold for, or clfe leauc altogether. This fcemeth hard to
beleeue, but many of the Arabians and Azanhagiteftihcd it toour Author for truth.
The Merchants of Melli affirmed to me, that their Prince had once by a plot taken one
of them, thinkingtohauelearnedthecondition of that people, but cither of fullen-
nelfe, orbecaufehecouldnot, heneithercatnorfpakc, and within three dayes died.
Their rtatuve,they which had taken him,3ffirmed to be a hand higher then themfelues;
and that their nether lippe was thicke and rcd,and fo great that it hung do wne to their
brclt, and it together with their gummcs bloudie : their teeth great,and on each fide
one very large : their eyes fknding out : terrible they were to looke vpon. And becaufe
they had apprehended this m^n by their ambufhment, they returned not in three
ycarcs : but after forced by the need of Salt to cure their difeafes (whence happily thac
defbrmitieprocccded) they renewed that traffiquc.

To leaue thefe fane within Land, and come to the ^ K\ucxSemo3^Ca^ameFlo iuff-
ly maruellcd at the partition which that Riuer caufed : for on the one tide the Inhabi-
tants were well proportioned, very blaeke, and the foile very fertile : on the other fide,
the Inhabitants meagre,fmall,fwart,3nd the ground barrcn.Thc people, that dwell on fifat Semu
the bankcs of Niger, are called Gilofi. The Kings name in my time (which was ' al- andGambea
mo(t an hundred and threefcoreycaresfince) vizs Zuchali. Hee had thirtie wiues. were by the
\N):\cn Richard m Rai/jo/ds wzstheve ijpl. the Kings tiame was ^w<irJ^f/«i^. All thac Ancients cal-
Region betwixt Sa.^aga and Gambea is calledby one general t\imt,6ia Z,o/!of which
MafeHs n znABaniui ■write. That in an accident of ciuill wars "Bemosn came to the
King of Portugall for ayde, and was there royally entertained and b?.ptifed with his
followers; ofwhichjfome were of fuch admirable dcxteritie and nimblecicfTe of bo-
die, that they would leape vpon a horfe as he galloped, and would fbndvpright in the
fadd!e,whcnherannefafte(l, and turnc themfelues about, and fuddenly fitdowne;
and in the fame race would take vp flones laid in order on the ground,and leap downe
and vp at pleafure. This 5if»»«» was fhamefully mmthe:cdby PeterVaz., the Portu-
gall General], and the hope of Chriftianitiein thofe parts difappointed. This was w4w~ Bar. Dec i.l. i
no 1489.

From thence " ^4i^<iw(»i?<?wenttoBudomel; the Prince whereof was had in threat
icfpcd^ by his people : which when they come into his prcfence, kneele on both their
knees, and bowing their heads to the ground, calt fand ouer their flioulders, and on
their heads, w ith both hands,and then go towards him on their knees ; and when they
fpeaketohim, calf fandouer their fhouldeisftill, with their head bowed downe, the
Prince fcarcely deigning them a looke,or word. For euery light offence he would (ell
their wiues and children. He fuffered our Author to goe into his Mofchee, where his
Arabian Chapjaines, after their manner, mumbledtheir Mattens tenortwelue times
in halfe an houre ; all the company rifing and falling againe to the earth, and kifling it.
He alfo heard him willingly confute the Mahumctan,and proue the Chrifiian Faithibuc
faidjhe thought it was harder for a Chriftian to be faucd then a Negro, becaufe God

was



V-Bttnimdeci'.



led Stachirii
and Varanui.
This name 5f-
S/jg4wasgiuen
by reafon ihar
the Prince was
fo called,
1 1455.

m Hat;, tom.x,
n Maff.lib.t.



Cip. 6, 7, 3.
o Al.Cadam,



6/^6



Of the Land of ISlegros .



Chap, 14,



o Likewife
Caje sierra Lio-
na, is fb called
of the Lion-
like terrour
thereof, al-
wayescouered
on the toppe
Vfith Clouds,
whichyeeld
dreadful thun-
ders and lihhu
nings Itfeems
to be the fame
that ftokmey
and HMio call
the Chariot of
the Gods.
Gi,Bet.B(ff.



was a iuft Cod and Lord, who had giiien to vs many good things in this world • to
thcin nothing in comparifon.whofliould therefore in the other world hauc their Pa-
radife, which hcere they wanted. Eafily might he hauebeene turned to Chriftianitic,
but forfcareoflofing his State. His wiuesprouidehim his diet, as it is vfuall among
the Negros,and none but his Priefts and fome princiall men ea: with him;which is af-
ter a beartly fort lying on the ground,the difh fct in the middeft, and all taking out the
rncat with thcirhandj. They cat little at once,but eate often, fourc or fiue times a day.
From OUeber to lutie it raines not there. They haue great Serpents, and many, which
they vfc to charmc : and the Prince when he would Poy fon his weapons , did (as was
reported) make a great Circle,and enchanted by his Charmes all the Serpents therea-
bouts thereinto, and then killed that which feemed to him moft venomousjettin" the
reft go : with the bloud thercof.and the feed of a certainc Tree, he tempered a poyfou
for that purpofc, with which a weapon infc(5^cd, drawing neuer fo little bloud, did kill
in a quarter of an hourc. They hauc great ftore of Parrats, which are inftrnfled by a
marucllous naturall cunning to preuent the Serpents , which would elfe deflroy
their ncafts. They builde therefore on high Trees, and on the end of fome tender
bough thcreofthey faften a BuU-rifh, which hangs downe two fpannes , thereunto
weauing and working theirncaft in fuch fort, that the Serpents for fcare of falling,
dare not aduenturc to dcale therewith.TheNcgros came about CadamoUo^wkh won-
der to fee his apparell,and the whitenes of his colour ( ncucr before had they feene anv
Chrif^ian) and fome ofihem with fpittle rupped his skin, to fee whether his vrhitcnefle
were naturall, or no : which pcrci:iuing it to be no tiniture, they were out of mcafurc
af^onifhed. They would.thtn giue nine, or fomctimes fourtecne flaucs.for a horfe fiir-
niflied. Arid when they buy a hbrfc, they win bring fome of their Enchanters, which
make a fire of herbes, and fct the horfe ouer the fmoake, vttering certaine words ; and
after that annoint him with a thin oyntment, and fhut him vp twentic day cs, that none
may fee him, hanging certainc trumpcrie about his neck, thinking that hereby they are
mrtre fecure in battell. Gunncs feemed to them, for their hideous noife, to be ofche
Diuell. Bag-pipes they thought to be a liuing creature that thus fang in variable ac-
cents.But svhen they were fuftcred to handle thcm,thfy thought them to be fome hea-
uenly thing, that God had made with his owne hands,to found lb fweetly . They be-
held the Shippc with great curiofiticj and Eyes that were carucd in the Prow of the
Shippc, they tooke to bee eyes indeede, by which it faw how to dircdt the courfc at
Sea. Theyfaid, the Chriflians that could thus make voyages by Sea, were great En-
chanters, and comparable to the Diuell ; themfclues had enough to doe to traueli by
Land. Seeing a Candle burne in the night, they which knew not to make any light
but their fires, eficemed it wondcrfull. Honey they hauc, vvhich they fucke out of the
combes, but the Waxe they hurled away, till they were inl\ru6tcd how to make Can-
dles thereof.

Senega ( Batertu faith) comes from the Lakes Chelonidi. An hundred and fiftit
Leagues from the mouth it hath certaine Falls, or Catarad^s (asNili'shath) that men
may pafle vnder the fall of the fircamc.without wetting. S'annttu affirmeth that Sene-
ga is the fame which Ptolimey cals Darandus, Gambea or Gambra that which he calls
Stachir, and Rio Granne is Niger.

Cadamofis doubled the Promotoric, called Crfp* Z/^r^J*, orthegreeneCape, be-
caufc of the greene Trees which the Portugalls (which had firlt difcouered it in the
yeare before) found there growing in abundance ; as " Cape "JAiwca, orthe White
Cape, wasfljcaJlcdof the White Sands there. The Inhabitants they found were of
two forts, Burbactm, and Sertri. They haue no Prince. They arc great Idolaters,
and haue no Law : but are very craell. They poy fon their Arrowcs; withwhich.and
thefituation of their Countrey, they hauc preferued themfclues from the Kings of
Scncgn.

In Gambra they were,fomc Idolaters of diuers forts, fonrc Mahumctans.They were
alfo great Enchanters. Their liuing as at Senega, fauc that they eat Dogs-flefh. Heere
the Prince hunted anElcphant, and gaue them toeate:theflefhis ftrongand vnfauo-
rie. The Elephants dehght in myre like Swine. They hunt them in the vvoods: for in

the



C K A p. 1 4- AFRICA. Theftxt 'Booke. 6±j



the Plaincs an Elephant would.withottt running, foone cake and kill the fwifceft man;
whom yet they hurt not, except they be firrt pronoked.

HeerewasakindeofFifli (Cadamoflo p callech it Cauallo, and his Latine Inter- P caibmaUa
T,rcw,'Pif<;is C^baRi>3Hs; \i2kc\\.i'o<n\\c Hip;iefotamns, or Riucr-Horfe ) which is ^".^^^"J^'j;
(faith he) as biggcas a Cow ; his legges (hort.with tuskcs like to a Bores,bL)C fo great, ^^' ^^g'^^/
thatlhauefeenconeoftwofpannes, and longer, ciouen-footcd, andbeadcd like a
Horfe: he liueth on both Elements/ometimes in the Waccr,other-\vhilcs on the land.
The women vpon their breads, neckes, and armes, had certaine workes, done with a
Needles point, heatedinthe fire, in manneras withvs they workehandkcrchiefes.
This being done in their youth, would neuer out. The like flcfli branded workes
they vfeat CapeSagrcs,as Tietro q ^»5/«fr4,aPortu^',all, obferucd vpon their bo- 1 PtetrodiS'in-
diesandfaces. The Inhabitants there are Idolaters, and worfliippe Images of wood, "'"•
to whom they offer fomc of their meate and drinke, when thcygoe to their meales.
They goe naked, coucring their priuie parts with the barkcs of Trees. This is Mn ^.^fwerc en-
Guinea, tertaincdofa

A little from thence they found men who vfed as great braucry in their cares.which King m Gui-

they bored full of holcs.and ware therein rings of gold in rowes or rankes.They ware nea, buc verie
one preat ring in another hole bored thorow their nofe.like to Buffles in Italy : which milerably .- an
when they eat their meat, they tooke away. The men and women of for: wearefuch °aVjj°fh^."e
rings alfo in their lippcs, in like fort as in their cares, sn Enfigne of their Nobilitie and ^i^^s went a-
creatncfTe, which they put inandoutatpleafure. Beyond the Riuerot Palmes they boucthe Cap-
founJ others thus beringed,and for greater gallantrie ware about their necks certaine taine.withcei-
chaines of teeth,feeming to be the teeth ot'men.Thcy tooke a Negro, w horn they car- " "^ murnm-
ricd into Portugall, who affirmed, if E! woman wh;ch onely could vndcrfbnd him, did g "a clft afh'cs
interpret him rightly, that in his Countrey were Vnicornes. On this Coaft the Portu- on his clothes;
gals crefted a Caftle, called Mina, for their better trading. And thefc Countries haue The Nohks a-
i-.ncebeene fought to ^ by French, Flemifh, and many of our Englifli Merchants. In ^°^^~^ t^= King
theyearei55;?. t Thomas tVindam znA Antony Pwre.^i/oja Portugall, in two Englifh wcrenaked.
fhipstraded along(lthofcCoaffs,asfara5Benin, where they prefenfedthcmfchies to ^^^^f'"^'
theKing.who fate in a great Halljthe walls whereof were rnadeof earth without win- f The Guine-
dowes,theroofeofthinboords,openin diuersplaces. His Nobles about him neuer ansefteems
looke him in the face, buc (it cowring vpon their buttockes, with their elbowes vpon ^^^^ of '^'^
their knees, and theif hands before their faces, net looking vp till the King command /^ p, ^f
them. And when they deparr out of his prefence, they turne not their backs vpon him. ^^j ^^^ ^^^11
Such reuerend regard doth that Negro-Kingreceiue of them. of the Porta.

The next yeare " Mailer lehn Loc/^wcm tor Captaine into thofe parts, to trade for galls, /irthus
Gold, Graines, and Elephants teeth. And after that, diuers Voyages were thithef Hili.lndOr.c.9.
made by William * Tower fon, who obferuedac theRiuer of Saint Vincent, rtranee ^, *!!■,?"
Trees, with great leaues like great Dockes, longer then that a man could reach the •^^^ H.jj(;.Voy-
toppcofthem; andakindeofPealcby theSea-fidegrowingoiltheSandslike Trees, ages,ro/w.2.
with ftalkcsfeuen and twentie paces long. Diiiersof the women had breafts cxcee- p'M.
dinglong. AttheCape7V«p««r<tf they tnade him fweare, By the Water of the Sea, " JuhnLocl(.
that he would not hurtthem,before they would trade with him.King Abaan a Negro, -r-g^Luf,
entertained our men kindly ; he caufedtobebroughcapotof VVinc of Palme, or Co-
co, whichthey draw forth of Trees, as wee haue elfewhereobferucd ; but their cere-
monies in drinking are thiis : Fitft, they bring forth their pot of drinke, and then make
ahole in the ground, and put fomeof the drinke into it, and after that cafl in the earth
againe, and thereon fet their pot, ar.d with a little thing made of a Gourd, take out of
the lame drinke, and put it vpon the ground in three places .• and in diuers places they
haue certaine bunches of the pills of Palme. trees let in the ground before them, and
there they put in fomc drinke, doing great reuerence in all places to the fame Palme-
trees, All thefe ceremonies done, the King tooke a Cup of Gold, in which they put
Wine, and whiles he dranke, all the people cried Abaan, Abaan, with c ertaineothcr
words; and then they gauc drinke to euery one. The like ceremonies they vie inaH
the Countrey.

In Bcnine y the people goe nakedtill they be married ; and then are clothed from y I'.mestfsljh.

K k k the



648



Of the Land ofNegros,



Chap. 14,



b Ant.lenl(i»-
firiy Hal^.to.i.
Thefe wormes
come out of
theirleggcs.or
iojnc flsihie
part.

c Golard.Arlh,
Vant. Hift.
Ind. Mji.p.
Ind.Oritnt.
(urt.i.deBry.



the waftetothc knees. Their bread is a kinde of roots, called Inamia,v,\\kh, when
it is well fodden, may be preferred before ours. They haue heere great fpouts of water
falling out of the Ayre, which if they light on a Shippe, doe endanger the famc.They
% wlUkm Kiu- falllikethepillarsofChurchcs.Asforthofe voyages tothefeparts, made by ■>■ Rutter,
tir, George F<rw»<'>-, /w^r^w, or Others, I refcrre them to Mafter /y<?f/^/«7f; Collections. Onewri-
Tenner, Antony jcth,^ That the King of Benin hath fix hundred wiues, with all which twice a vearc
ingyam. hegoethinpompe. The Gentlemen haue, fome of them fourefcore, fome foure'fcorc

of Bcnirf, by ^nd ten.The mcaneft ten or tv\xlue.ftt Cape de Lope GonfalHe<,{omc pray to the Sunne,

D, R. ' otherstotheMoone, or tocertaineTrecs, ortothe Earth, efteeming ita great finnc
to fpit vpon it, from whence they rcceiue their food. Men and women pinke theirbo-
dies, putting thereon greafe mixed with colour. They will not drinkc before ihey put
out fome, and drinke not when they eate. They offer their wiues to ftrangcrs. The
King kccpeth his daughters when they are growne, for wiues, and the Q;ieenes with
like incefluous abomination vfe their fonnes. They paint their bodies red ; vfc Bana-
nas dried in (tead of bread , and lay all their meats in a difh together.

ThefcCoafts arevfually called Guinea, by a more general! appellation, although
that be properly one Region only. About the Caflle of Mina they arc f^..bied to (uch
Wormes,as Ma'.lcr 7f «^(»/o« ^i hath obferued to grow vpon men ac Bogbar in Badria
by drinking the water of the Riuer there : which are an ell long, and mutt be pulled
out by degrees, euery day a little, if they breake by the way it is ve y dangerous. The
torture they caufe is vnfpeakable : they breed in the arincs and legs, yea fomctimes ia
the yard and cod : one man hath had ten of them at one time.

The Inhabitants of Benin « obferue Circumcifion, and fome other Superftitions
which may feemcMahumetan, but are more likely to be ancienc Ethnike Rites. For
many Countries of Africa admit Circumcifion, andyetknow not, or acknowledge
notMahometifme, but are either Chriftians (as the Cophtiand AbafTuies) or Gen-
tiles: thcycutorrafe theskinne, with three lines drawne to their Nauell, efteemitig
it neceffary to faliiation. They will not.eafily doeiniurie to any, efpecially a Ihan-
ger. They haue- Birds in fuchrcfpcft, that it is deadly toany thatfliall hurt them.
And fome are appointed to haue a peculiar care of them, and to prouide them food ;
•which they doe in high Mouinaines, where they lay meat for them : which they come
and eate.

Guinea <!, which the Alarabes call Genem, and the Inhabitants ^tnij, confineth
with Gualata: a Prouinceof fucheftimationtothePortugals, that their King ftiled
e San lorge de himfelfe, 148:;. LordofGuinea,although theCaftle of Mina <= were the cheefcpeece
UMina. he there poflefledjwhich King lohn'wx theyeare i486, ennobled withthetitleofaCi-

tie, and granted Priuilcdges tofuchas would there inhabitc. But of the Portugalls
aftionsheere, and of the defcription of thefe and other parts of Ethiopia, L^iarmo'
//«* hath largely written. Some in latcrDilcouerics haue obferued, Tliatthe Inhabi-
i Got.4n.c.io. tantsof Guinea f giue Religious rcfpedvnto ccrtaine Trees. And in theyeare 1598
II. 11.13. certaine Hollanders cutting them, andnot ceafing at the perfwafion of the Negros,
whofeSuperftitions in that cafe they derided, it paffed from words to blowes betwixt
them, and thcDutchmen were forced to get them to their fliippes ; one of iheir com-
pany being (laine in the cha fe. But the murthcrcr was oflered to the Hollanders to be
' puniflied: which they refufing, his countrey-mcn cutoff his head, and quartered his
bodic, beftowed the one as a monument ot reuenge, ouer the flaiiie parties graue, the
g Defcrlption Other on the.Fowles, vnburied. Their Trees e are alway greene: tomehaUeleaucs
of-Gumea. twice a yeare. They feldome fee the Sunne, cither rifing or going downc,by the fpacc
of halteanhoure. Their Winter beginneth in e^pr;//, which yet is their time of Har-
Ueft. Mays was brought thither out of America. In ^prill^ CMay, and June, they
haue much raine, and the fame very dangerous to the bodie, and rotting the cloths, if
The creatures, it be not preftntly dried. Icisoftcnas warme as if it were fodden. They haue fome
in Guinea. Snakes thirtie foote long, as much as fixe men can carrie : they haue alio a bcafl like
a Crocodile, called Langhadi (wc haue Ipokcn of the like about Pegu and Bcngala)
which neuer goeth into the water : Spiders as big as the palme of ones hand, which do
not fpinj (tore of Camelconsj Dogs woolly, witli Iharp fnouts,of diucrs coIour3,which
• cannot



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cannot batke,driucntotheMarkctasfliccpe,tiedoncto another; blew Parrcts; many
forts of Apes ; black Flies which feeme to burne : In Senega I'ome Snakes hauc mouths
fo vvidc,that they fwallow a whole fliecp without tcaring;they haue winged Dragons,
with taileSjlong mouths with many teeth, being blew and greenc,which fomc Negros
worfliip. Theyboare a holcinthcPalmc-winetreejWhenccifllietha whiteiuice.firll
fweet,and after by ftanding it becomes fowre. It is fomewhat like the Coco tree. The
Palmita is without branches, the fruit growes on the top, which within is like Pome-
granats/ul of grains,without ofa golden colour. They buy gentility with gifts.a Dog,
aShecpe,a Cow.In their creation is obfcrued much foIemnity.They know not how to
number their yeares, but feeme coliue long. In their Winter they haue much fickneffe
andmortality. The goods ofthedeceafeddefcendnotto his children, but to the bre-
thrcn,ifhe haue any : otherwifc,to his father. If it be a woman, her husband deliuereih
hermarriage goods to her brethren.When the King dies, the Sepulchre is made like a
houfe, and as well furnidiied as if they were aliue, being guarded night and day by ar-
med men, to bring him any thing which he fhall need.

Thcirnofcs are flat, not naturally, but byprcfTingthcmdownc in their infancie,
eflceming it a great part of beautie. Their hot (lomackcs can digeft raw flefli ; and
therefore ^ j4lexander yifhrodifiem, and Ccxltus Rhodiginw, that thinkc their naturall d Alex.Vra-
heat, extradled to the outward parts, tobethecaufeof theirblacknefle, arcdeceiued. blm.lib.i &z.



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