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be funke.in fuch fort,that neuer after that boat appeared againe,holdingopinion,that
thofe children were in company with the Gods of the lake. That day they fpent in fea-
fiing and annointi ng their Idols cheekes with a kindc of gumme.called Flli,

When Cortes was gone out of Mex co.to mcoumiiP ^mfhtlo de Naruaes,^ had lefc
Aluarado in the cicy.he in the great temple murthered a-great multitude ofgcntlemen,
■which had there aflembled in the great Temple,to their accuftomed lolempitie, being
fix hundred, or (as fome fay) a thoufand.richiy attired and adorned,where they vfed to
fingand daunce,iri honour of their God,toobtaine health, children,viftorie,&c.
' In the moneth ofMay,' the Mexicans made their principall feaft to Visz.i!ip^tz./i: ^ jcofl.^.e.i:f
two dayes before wluch,thc religious Virgins or Nunnes msngkd a quantitie of Beets Keht.denhc
with roftedMaiz,and moulded It with honey,making an Image of that pafte.inbigncs mifiitam.
like to the Idoll of wood, putting in in ftead of eyes, graincs of glafle,greene,blcw,oj:
whitc.and for teeth grains of Maiz.Then did all the Nobles bring it a ri ch garment like
Ynto that ofthe Idoll,and being clad, did fct it in an azured chaire,and in a Litter. The
morning ofthe feaft bemg come,an houre before day , all the maidens came forth atti-
red in white with newornaments.which that day were called the fifters oil'itz.iliptttx.^
It : they were crowned with garlands of Maiz rofted and parched, with chaines ofthe
fame about their neckesi, pafling vnder their left armes. Their cheekes were died
with vermilion, their armes from the elbow to the wreft were couercd with red Par-
rots feathers. Thus attired,thcytooke the Image on their fhoulders, carrying it into
the Court where all the yong men were.attired in red garments, crowned like the wo-
men. When the maidens came forth with this Idoll, theyoung men drew neerewith
muchreuercnce,taking the Litterwhcrein the Idoll was, vpon their flioulders, carry-
ing it to the ftaires foote ofthe Temple ; where ail the people did humble themfclues^
laying earth vpon their heads .

After this.all the people went in ProceflTion to a Mountainc called Ch^f»ltefer,z
leaf ue from Mexico,and there made facrifices From thence they went to their fccond
Station called Adacuyaitaya : and from thence againe to a village, which was a league
beyond Ctty one o an, vindi then returned to Mexico. They went in this fort abouc fourc
Icagues.iufo many houres.calling this Proce{rion?p»;rfr/?*»/'p»f*.//. Being come to

Z. z z. 3 the



%o 8 Of thefttpputation oftimes/eaTts^^c. C h a p . 1 5 .

the footc of the Tcmple-ftairs, they fet downe the litter with the Idoll.and with great
obferuance drawthc fame to the top of the Temple,fomc drawing abouc, and others
helping below.the Flutes and Drums,CorQets,Trumpcts,irieine-while incteafing the
folemnitic. The people abode in the Court. Hauing mounted, and placed it in a lict!c
lodge of Rofes.prefently came the yong men.which ftrowed flowers of fundry kinds,
within and without the Templc.This done,all the Virgins came out of their Conuenc
bringing peeces of the fame paft whereof the Idoli was made, in the fafhion of great
bones,which they deliuercd to theyoung men.who carried them vp,and laidc them ac
the Idols feetjtill the place could receiue no more.

They called thcfe morfels of pafte.thc flefli and bones of Vttx.ilipHtiAi. Then came
all the Priefts of the Templc,euery one ftriitly obfcruing his place, with Vailcs of di-
ucrs colours and works , garlands on their heads, and chaines of flowers about their
necks : after them c^mc the Gods and Goddcffes.whom they woi (hipped of diucrs fi-
gures, attired in the fame hucrie.Then putting themfelucs in order about thofe peeces
ofpaftCjthey vfed certain ceremonics,with finging and dancing. By thcfe meancs they
were bleflcd and confccrated for the flefh and bones of the IdoJl : which were then
honoured in the fame fort as their God.Thcn came forth the facrificcrs.who began the
facnficeofmen.whereofthcy now facTificed more thenar other times: for this was
their folemncftfeftiuall. The facrifices being ended, all the young men and maidcs
cameout ofthc Temple attired as before,anc: being placed in order and rankc, oncdi-
reflly againft another,thcy danced by Drumsjwhich founded in praife of the feaft and
of their God. To which fong,all theauncicnteftandgreatcftmcn did anfwcr,daun-
' cingaboutthcm.makinga great circle as the manner is,the yong men and maidesrc-
maming alwaics in the middcft.

All the Citic came to this fpe6tacle,and throughout the whole land, on this day of
Vit7Lil(ftttzJt\t\i F?aft, no man might eate any other meacc, but this pafte with Ho-
ney, whereof the Id oil was made: and this ftiould be eaten at the point of day, hot
drinking till aftcrnoonc : the contrarie was facrilcgious. After the ceremonies ended,
it was lawful! for them to eate any thing. During the time of this ceremonie, they
hid the water from their little Children, admonifhing fuch, as had the vfc of reafon ,
to abflaine.

The ccremonics,dances,and facrifices cndcd.they went to vncloth themfelues,and

the Priefts and Ancients ofthc Templc-tooke the Image of pafte, and fpoy led it of all

•v^ theornaments^makingmanypeecesofit, and of the confccrated Rolls, which they

7\ miniftered in a kind of Communion>bcginning with the greater,and continuing vnto

the reft,bothmcn,womcn,and children: who rccciued it with teaics,feare,reuerence,

and other both afFeils, and cfFcdls of deuotion, faying, that iheyJtdeate theflilhafid

bones ofthetr God. Such as had fickefolkesdemaunded thereof for them, and carried

it with great reuerence and veneration. Allfuchasdid communicate were bound to

giue the tenth part of this feede, whereof the Idojl was made. The folemnitie of the

Idoll being ended, an olde man of great authoritie ftcpt vp into a high place, and

with a loudc voyce preached their Law and Ceremonies. This Hiftorie defcrueth the

« d The new longerRclation.becaufeit fo'^ much rcfemblcth thePopifli Ci'/wrfri*, and monfirous

Catholikesof cr)V\ccm\otiof TranfuhHantiation,znA of their Corftu-Chrin:i-Vti\\, with other their

oldcSpainc, Rjtes, to which e/^fo/J^alfo therclatcr comparcth it, blaming the Diuell, for vfur-

Hkerof nt^*^^ pins the feruice.and imitating the Rites of their Church, whereas their Church defer-

Spaine alike ia "Cth blame for imitating the Diucll, and thefe his Idolatrous Difciples, in their Stu-

Superfticion. pendiousmonftcrs of opinion,andridiculous offices of fuperftiiion. Butyouftiallyec

fee a further rcfemblance.

c iLif .^j-c-i. Next to this principal Feafl: of 'L'/>^///p«/i./»,e was that ofTez-cil/pfica, of chiefe e-

fiimation. Thisfcllon the nintcc nth day of May, and was called Tozcolc. Itfcll cue-

f Mexican lu- ''Y foi'tc yeares with theFeaft of Penance.where there was giuen 'full indulgence and

bike. rcmiirion of finpes. In this day they did facrificc a captiue, which refembled the Idoll

Tez^calipHca. Vpon the euen of this folemnitie, the Noble- men came to the Temple,

bringing a new garment like to that of the Idoll, whichthe Prieft put vpon him, ha-



Chap.Ij. AMERICA.



The ei^ht 'Booh.



Sop



!) Tlie Mesi-*
cans Lenc be-
gunne not
withatheSjbuE
with duft.



uin<^ firft taken off his other garments, which they kept with great reucrcnce.
There were in the Coffers of the Idoll s many Ornaments, IevveIs,-Earc-ringt, and g Their il.e-
othcr riches, as Bracelets, and precious Feathers, whichferuedtono vfe, and were H"ev
worfhipped as the Gcd himfclfc. Bcfides that garment, they put vpon him certainc
enfignes of Feathers, with fanncs, fhadowes, and other things. Being thus atti-
red, they drew the Curtaincfrom before the doore, that ail men might fee. Then
came forth one of the chiefc of the Temple, attired like to the Idoll, carrying flower
in his hand, and a Flute of earth, hauing a very fliarpe found, and turnmg toward
the Eait, hee founded it , and after thattothe Wert, North, and South, hedidthc
like.

This done, he put his finger into the Ayer, and then gathered vp the earth f> which
heeputinhis mouth, eating it in fignc of adoration. The like did all that were pre-
fent, weeping, and falling flat to the ground, inuocating the darkenejfe of the night,
andthet»i»des, not to forfakc them, or elfc to take away their liucs and free them
from the labcfirs they endured therein. Theeues, Adulterers, Murthercrs, and all
other offenders had great fcarcand heauincffe whiles the Flute founded, foas fome
could not hide nor diffembie their offences. By this mcanes they all demanded no
other thing of their god, but to haue their offences concealed; powring forth ma-
ny teares, with great repentance and forrow, offering great florc of incenfe toap-
peafc their gods. All the MartialiHs, andrel'olute fpirits, addifted to the Warres,
defired with great deuotion of ^od the Creator^ of the Lord, fer whom we line, of the
Sunne, andof othei theirgods, that they would giuc them viftoricagainft their ene-
mies, andftrength to take many captiucsfor facrificc. This ceremonious founding
of the Flute by the Prieft continued ten dayes, from the ninth of May to the nine-
teenth, with eatirig of earth, praying.euery day witheyeslifted vptohcauen, fighcs
andgrones, as of men grieued for their linnes. Yet did not they beleeuc that there
were ' any punifhments in the other life, but did thefc things to aaert tcmpirall pu-
nifliments : they accounted death an afliared rcff, and therefore.voluntarily offered
thcmfclues thereto. Thelafliday of theFeafl, the Pricfls drew forth a litter well fur-
nifhed with Curtins and pendants of diucrs fafhions : this litter had fo many armes to
hold by, as there were Minifters to carrieit: all whicbcamc forth bcfmcared with
blacke, and long haire, halfe in trefTes with white ftdng?, and attired in the Idols liue=
ric. Vpon this litter they fet the Image of T'e-cc<2/«/'»«'<«, and taking it on their fhoul-
ders,brought:ttothefootcoftheftaires. Then cameforth the yong men and mai-
dens ofthe Temple, carrying agreat cord wreathed cfchaines of rotted Mays, with
which they cnuironed the litter, andput achaineof thcfame about the Idols neckc
and a garland thereof on his head.

The yong men and maids wearc chaines ofroftcd Mays, and the men garlands, the
maids miters made of rods coiiercd with the Mays, their feete couered with feathers,
and their armes and cheeks painted.The Image being placed in the litter.they firewcd
round about ftore ofthe boughes of Manguey, thelcaues whereof are pricking. They
carried ^ it on Proceffion (two Prietts going before with incenie) in the circuit o^the k Their bloii-'
Court:and euery time thcPrieft gaue incenfe,thcy lifted vp their armes as high as they dy Proceflions,
could to theldoll and the Sunne. All the people in the Court turned round to the place
whither the Idol went.euery one carrying in his hand new cords ofthe threds of Man-
guey, a fadome long, with a knot at the end, wherewith they whipped themfelues on
thefhoulders, euen a? they doe heere (faith yffof?<ij on Holy Thurfday. The people
brought boughesand flowers to beautifie the Court and Temple.

This done, euery one brought their offerings, lewells, Incenfe, fvveete Wood,
Grapes, Mays,Quailcs, and the reft. Qj^ailes were the poore mans offering, which he
dehuered to the Pricfls, who pull off their heads,and caft them at the foot ofthe Altar
where they loft their bloud : and fo they did of all other things which were offered. E-
ucty one offered meat and fruit, according to his power, which was laid at ihc foot of
the Altar, and was carried to the Minifters chamber. The offering done, the people
went to dinner: the yong men and maidej of the Temple being buficd meane. while

to



i Gomara v/tU
teth othciwiGs
as foUowcth in
the end of this
Chapter.



§ J 5 Of the fupputathn of times ^ isc C H a p.i 5,

to feruc the Idoll with all that was appointed for him toeatc, which was prepared by
other women who had made avow that day to ferue the Idoll. Thefe prepared meats
iniadcnirabie varictic, which being re»dic,thc Virgins went out oftheTcmple in Pro-
certion, euery one carrying a little Basket of Bread in her hand, and in the other a difh
of thefe meates. Before them merchcd anolde itianliketo a Steward, attired in a
white Surples downe to the calues of his legge s, vpon a red iacket, which had wings
in flead of (lecues, from which hung broad Ribands,and at the lame a fmall Pumpiou
ftucke full of flowers, and hauing many fuperftitious things within it. This old maa
commingnceretothefooteof theftaircs, made lowly rcuerence. Then the Virgins
with like rcuerence prefcnted their meats in order: this done,the old man rcturncs lea-
din^ their Virgins into the Conucnt.' And then the yong men and Minilkrsof the
Temple came forth and gather vp their meat, which they carry to their Priefls cham-
bers, who had fafted fiuc dayes, eating but once a day, not flirring all that time out of
theTemple, where they whipped themfelues, as before is fhcwed. They did cate of
thefe 'Dtmne meates (fo they called it) neither might any other eate thereof, After
dinner they affcmbled againc.and then wasfacrificed one who had all that ycare
borne the habit and refemblance of their Idoll. They went after this, into a holy place
appointed for that purpofe, whither the yong mfcn and Virgins ofthc Temple brought
them their ornamcnts,and then they danced and fung.the chiefe Priefts drumming and
founding other Inliruments. The Noble-men in ornaments like to ihcyong-men,
danced round about them.

They did not vfuallykill any man that day, but him that wasfacrificed, yet euery
fourth yearc they had others with him, which was theyeare of lubilcc and full par-
dons. After Sunne-fet, the Virgins went all to their Conuent, and taking great difhes
of earth full of bread, mixed with Honey, coueted with fmall Panniars, wrought and
fafhioncd with dead mens heads and bones, carried the fame to the Idoll, and fetting
them downe retired, their Steward Vlhering them as before. Prefently came forth
all the yong men in order, with Canes orReedcs in their hands, who bcganneto
funnc as faft as they could to the toppeof the Temple-ftaires; euery one ftriuing to
coinc firft to the Collation. The chiefe Priefls obferucd who came fitft, fecond,third,
and fourth, ncglefting the reft, thefe they praifed, andgaue therti ornaments, and
from thence forward they were refpedkd as men of maike. The faid Collation was all
carried away by the yong men as great RcliqUes.This ended.the yong men and maids
were diftnifled : and to 1 ihinke would our Reader, who cannot but be glutted with,
and almoft furfct of our fo long and tedious feafting. Yet let mc intreat one feruice
itiore,itisforthegodof gainc, wholamfurcwill finde followers and Difciples too

attentiuc.

For the Feftiuall of this Q^\\\t.^p^^^itetz.aahc»At ,\\\t Mcrchants,his dcuoted.and
faithful! obferuants.fortic dayes before, bought a flauc well proportioned to rcprefent
that Idol for that fpace.Firft they wafht him twice in a lake,called the lake of the gods,
and being purified, they attired him like the Idoll. Two of the Ancients of the Tem-
ple came to him nine dayes before the Feaft, and humbling themfelues before him,
faid with a loud voice, Sir, nine dayes hence your dancing muft end, and you mu(l die :
andhemuft anfwerc,(whatfoeuerhe thinketh) /« agotdhoHre. They dihgentiyob-
feruedif thisaducrtifement madehimlad, or if he continued his dancing accoi ding
tohiswont. Ifthey percciuedhimfad, they tookcthe facrificingRafors, which they
wafhed and clenfed from the bloud,which thereon had remained, and hereof with an -
other liquor made of C^cae, mixed a drinke, which they faid would makehim forget
what had beene faid to him,and returne to his former ioUitie. For they tookc this hea-
uineffe in thefe men to be ominous.

On the Feaft-day, after much honouring him, andincenfinghim, about midnight
they facrificed him, offering his heart to the Moone, and after caftit to the Idoll, let-
ting the bodie fall downe the ftaires to the Merchants, who were the chiefe wor-
1 TcttrMartyry ^'PP^"- Thefe hearts of their facrifice$(fome l fay) were burned after thcOblatioa
rxc.5. ' to this Planet and Idoll. The bodie they fauccd and dreffcd for » banquet about

brcake



Chap.Jj. AMERICA. The ei^ht'Booke.



oil



brcakc of day, after they had bid the iJoll good morrow with a fmall dance. ,

This Temple of ^if/iWifo;?// had Chappels as the reft, and Chambers, where
were Conucnts of Prielh, yong men, maids, and children. One Prieft alone was refi-
dcnt which was changed wcekely. His charge that weeke, after he had inftruded the
children, was to (hike vp a Drummc at Sunnc-fctting, at the found whereof ( which
was heard throughour the Citie) euery one ended his Merchandize and retired to his
houfe, all the Cicie being as fileiit as it no bodie had beene there: at day breaking he
did againe giue notice by his Drumme: for till that time it was not lawfull to ftirrc out
of the Citic, In this Temple was a Court wherein they danced, and on this Idolls ho«
ly-day, had creded a Theater, thirtic foot fquare, finely decked and trimmcd,in which
were reprefented Comedies, Maskes, and many other reprefetitations to cxptcfle or
caufe mirth and ioy.

The Mexicans ■" had their Schooles, and as it were CoIIedges.or Seminaries, where
the Ancientstaught the children to fay byheart:, the Orations, Difcourfes, Dialogues,
and Poems, of their great Orators and chiefe men.which thus were prcferucd by Tra-
dition, as perfectly as if they had beene written. And in their Temples, the foniies, of
the chiefe mtn (as Teter " A^artj/r reporteth) were ftiut vp at feuen yeares old,and ne-
uer came forth thence till t hey were marriageable, and were brought forth to be con-
trailed. All whichtime, they neuer cut their hairc,they were clothed in blacke, ab-
fisined at ceftainc times of the yeare from meats cngendring much bjoud, and ehafie-
ued thsirbodies with often falling.

And although they had not Letters, " yet they had their wheele for computation
of time, (as it is (aid before) in which their writings were not as ours from the left
hand to the right, orasof the EaflerncNations.from the right hand to the left, or as
the Chinois, from thetoppe tothcbottome: but beginning below did mount vp-
wards : as in that mentioned wheele, from the Sunne which was made in the Center,
vpwards to the circumference. Anothermanner of writing or figning, they had, in
circle-wife. In the Prouincc of Yucatan or Honduras, there were bookes of the
Lcaues of Trees, folded and fquared, which contained the knowledge of the Pla-
nets, ofBejfies, and other Natural! things, and of their Antiquities, which fonve
blindly-zealous Spaniards, taking for incbantmentSjCaufcd to be burned. The P In-
dians of Tefcuco,Tall3, and Mexico, {hewed vnto a Icfuit their Bookes, Hiftories,
andKalcndars, which in figures and Hieroglyphickesreprefentcd things after their
manner. Such as had forme or figure, were reprcfented by their proper Images, other
things were reprcfented by Charadlers ; and I hauc feene, faith t^cefla, the Tater-
iicsier, ty^ue (JMaria^ini Confeflion thus written. As, for thefe things, / afinnerdoe
fenfejfe mj fclfe , they painted an Indian , kneeling on his knees, at a Religious mans
feet; To God me fl mi^htte, they \ia\nted thtcc faces with their crowncs, according to
that painting blafphemie of the Popifh Image-mongers, and fo they went on in that
mannerof pifturing the words of their Popifh ConfcfGon ; where Images failed, fet-
tingCharafters; Their 1 bookes for this caufe were great, which (bcfidcs their cn-
grauings in ftone, walles, or wood) they madcof Cotton- wooll wrought into a kinde
of paper, and of Leaucsof Metl, folded vp like our broad-cloathcs, and written on
both fides. Likewifethey ^ made them of the thinncinner-rindeofa Tree.growing
vnderthe vpper barkc (as did alfo the Ancient Latines, from whence the names oi^o.
dex and Li l>er {or zBoo\ic, ate deriuedby our Grammarians.) They did binde them
alfo into Tome forme of bookes, compadling them with T^itumen: their Charatlers
were of Fifli- hookes, Starres, Snares, Files,&c. Thus did they keepe their priuate and
publike records.

There f werefome in Mexico, that vnderftood eachother by whifllingjwhich was
ordinarily vfed by loners and theeues, a language admirable cucn to our wits, fo high-
ly applauded by our felues, and as deepcly dcied^ing thefe Nations in termesof (il-
linefleandfimplicitie. Yei,'inOttrZJir^tnta (fo Ihopeand defirc) Captaine Smith
told me that there are fome, which th? fpacious diuorce of the wide flreame notwith^



cap.y.



n Peter Mar r,
Vec.'iM.n.



o Acofia, lib.S,
cap.g.

Indian writ'
ting.



p Capi,



q Cemara.pirt-
\.pag.j.6^.



r Feter Martf
DcY.4. W-8.



f Gomara vii

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will by hallow'csandhovvpsvnderftand each other, and cntcrtainc confe-

rcnce=



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Of Jucatan, Kicara^ua^^z^c. C h a p . 1 4 ,



misiilan af,
Ram.v.}.



rence. Thcnumbers of the Mexicans arc fimplc, till you come to fix, then they count
fix and one, fix and two, fix and three ; ten is a number by it felfe, which in the infuing
numbers,!s repeated as in other languages till fifteen,which they reckon in one termc,
Relat.delte- ten,fiue, and one, and fo the reft to twcntie. Some write * that the men in Mexico
fate downc, and the women ftood, when they made water.

The Mexicans ' did belceue concerning the ibule, that it wasimmortall, and that
men receiued either ioy or paine, according to their dcferts and lining in this world.
They held for an affured faith.that there were nine places appointed for foules.and the
chiefeftplacc of glorie to be ncere vnto the Sunne, where thefoules of good men
flainc in the warrcs, and thofe which were facrificed, are placed: that thefoules of ,
wicked men abide in the earth, and were diuided after this fort .• children which were
dead-borne, went to one place : thofe which died of age or other difeafe went to ano-
ther : thofe which died of wounds or contagion, to a third : thofe which were execu-
ted by order of Iuflice,to a fourth ; but parricides, which flew their Parenrs,or which
flew their wiues or children, to afift. Another place was for fuch as flew their Maflcrs
or Religious perfons. » Acosia fcemeth to deny that the Indians belceucd any punifh-
mcnts after death, and yet fettethdowne an Oration made at CMtncz.umd s cledion,
wherein he is faid to haue pierced the nine Vaults of heaucn, which feemcth to allude
tothisofGowdrd,

Their burialls alfo were diucrs, as is fhewed before: and heere may be added,
that hee which died for Adultcrie, was fhrowded like vnto rhcir god of Lcacherie,
called Tlaz,onlterel: hee that w'as drowned, like to TLiloc: hee that died of drun-
kennefle like to the god of Wine, Ometochtli , the Souldiour, like to Vitz.tlifHt^lt,
But left you wifh mee buried in like manner, which trouble as much my Englifh
Reader, with New-Spaines tedious Relations, asOldSpainesfaftidious Infultingfpi-
rits haue fometimc done out Englifh Nation, I will aduenturc further into the adioy-
ningProuinccs.



u Aeoj}»lib.%
c*p.*o.



Chap. XIIII.

of lucatan^ Nicaragua, and ether places betwixt New Spaine, and the
Straits of Dariene^.



a up. de Gom.
part.i.pt.io.&



b ?eter Martp'
t)tc.^.lib.i.



Citcumcifion,
and Ciofles.




Vcatan » is a point of Land extending it felfe into the Sea, ouer a-
gainftthelleCuba, andwasfirftdifcoueredby Francus Herrtiwdcs de
^dr^sw^, in the yeare 1517. at which time one asking an Indian how
this Country was called.he anfweted TeBetan Telietan, that is, I vn-
derftandyounor, which words the Spaniards corrupting both in the
found and interpretation, called it lucatan. lames Jelafcjues, Gouer-
nour of Cuba, fent his Coufin, Ithn de Cjrijalua the yeare after, who there fought with
the Indians at Campotan, and was hurt. The Spaniards '' went to a Citie on the fhorc,
which for the greatnes they called Cayro of that great Citie in Egypt, Here they found
Turretcd Houfes, Stately Temples, waycs paued,and faire Market-places. The houfcs
were of ftone or brickc, and limc,very artificially compofed. To the fquare Courts or
firft habitations of their houfes they afcended by ten or twclue fleps. The roofe was of
Recdsjor ftalkesofHcarbes. The Indians gaue the Spaniards Jewels of Gold, vcric
faire and cunningly wrought, and were requited with Vcftures of Silke and Wool],
GlaflCjEeads and little Bells. Their apparcll was of Cotton in manifold fafhions and
colours. They frequented their Temples much, to the which the better fort paued



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