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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Fathers account their Prehemincnce and Prerogatiuc; the Husbands , their honour;
the Wiuc», their warrant.

The men and women weare Collars, Bracelets, Pendants, and fomc Crowncsof
G id and Pearles : the Men weare Rings in theirNofes , and the Women Broo. ncs on
thnr brer.fts whereby at firft fight the fexe is difcerned. The Women Shoot, Runne, v\c!l as thcMen : their paines of trauell are fmall :they till the Land,
and locke to the houfe.whiles the men Hunt and Fifli. T^iey are high-minded, treache-
rous, and thirftie of reutnge : Their chiefe weapons are poifoned Atrowcs,which they
prepare with the bloud of Snakes, and other mixtures. All of both fcxcs,frcm their in-
f3ncie,karnctofhoot. Theirmeat is whatfoeucr hath life, as Horfe-lcaches, Battcs,
Grafhoppers, Spiders, Bees, Lice, Wormes, raw, fodden, fried : and yet their Coun-
trey is rcplcniflied with good Fruits, Fifh, and Flefh, This Diet (or, as fome fay, their
Wirer) cauieth ipots in their eyes, which dimme their fight. They haue as ftrange
a Vencc or Hcdgefor their Gardens and Poflcfltons, namely, a threed of Cotton, or
ScAWfo, astheycallit, ashighas^ mans Girdle; and it is accounted a great finne to
goe ouer or vnderthe fame,3nd he which breakes it (they certainely belecue) fliall prc-
iertly die. So much fafcr is their threcd woutn with thi-s magination ^ then all our

The « Cumanois are much addifted toHunting, wherein they arc very expert, and ^ y ., j^, a
kill Lyons, Tygres, Hogges, and all other foure-footedBeafts, with Bowes, Nets, Ub.-/,
Snares. They take one Bead, which they call Cafa, that hath the foales of his feet like
a French fhooe, narrow behindc, broad and round before. Another,called ^AranatHy
which for the Phyfaomie and fubtletiefeemes to bee a kindeof Ape .-it hath mouth,
handcs, and feet, like a man ; a goodly countenance , bearded like a Goat. They goc
jn Hcards, they bellow loud, runnevp Trees like Cats, auoide the Hiaufmans Arrow,
and ca(t it with cleanely dcliuerieagaine at himfelfe. Another Beaft hath a longfnout,
andfecuethon Ants f, putting his tongue into a hollow Tree , or other place; where i ouicdc^txh,
theAntsare, andas many ofthcmascomethereon, heelicksin. The Friers brought kaBearc.
vp one, till the ftinkc thereof caufed them to kill it, fnouted like a Foxe, rough-haired,
which voided in the excrements long and flender Serpents, which prefently dyed.
IhisBeaftliinking while hceliiied, and worfc now dead , yet was goodfoodeto the
Indians. They haue one which will counterfeit the voice of a crying childe, and fo
caufe fome to come forth, and then deuoure them. The like is written of the Hy£tia,
That fliee will call the Shcpheards by their names, and then deftroy them when they
come forth.

They haue Parrots as biggc asRauens, with bills like Hawkes , liuing on the prey,
and fme liing like Muskc : Great Battes , one of which was a Phyficiaa , by ftrange ac-
cident, to a feruantoftheFriers: whichbeingfickof a Pleurifie, wasgiuenouerfor
deadjbecaijfe they could notraife a veine wherin to let him bloud; in the night a Batte
(after the cuftomc of that Creature) bit and fucked him , whereby fo much bloud if-
fued, that the bck man recouered; which the Friers counted for a miracle. They haue
three ibrt; ofBeesone whereof is little and black,and makes Home in the Trees,with-
outWaxe.Tneir Spiders are greater then ours,ofdiuers colours, and weauefuchftrong
Cobwebs, that they aske good ftrcngth to breakethem. There are Salamanders as
bigg'; as a mans hand: they cackle much like a Pullet: their biting is deadly. I might
here hold you too long in viewing theic ftrange Creatures , wee will now returne to
their Pranger cuftomes.

They take great pleafure in two thinges , Dauncing and Drinking , in which they
Will Ipendeightdaies together, cipccially ac the Marriages, or Coronation of their


7l6 OfCmnana, Chap,2.

Kings. Many Gallants will then meet together, diueifiy drcft; fome withCrownes
and'peathers , Ibme with fliclls about their leggcs in flcad of bells , to make a noife :
fome otherwife , all painted with twentie colours and figures :hee that goesworft,
feemes beft ; taking one another by the hand , they dance in a ring , fome backwards,
fome forwards, with a world of varictie ; grinning, fii ging, crying, counterfeiting the
DcafejLame, Blinde ; Fifliing.Weauing, telling of Stories ; and this continueth fixe
houres, and then they eate and drinkc : before, he w hich dance<i moft , now hce which
drinkethmoft, is the moft complete and accomplifhcd Gallant : and now beyond
counterfeiting, drunkennefle fcts them together in brauing. fwaggcring, quarrelling :
others play the Swine , fpew vp the former to make way for other Iiqu(»r : and they
addc hereunto the fume of an hearbe, which hath the like drunken effeftj itfeemeth
to be Tobacco,

This perhaps will not feemc ftrangeto fome , feeing thefe fauage cuftomes of drin-
king, dancing, fmoking,fwaggering, fo common with vs in thefe daies : it rnij^ht in-
dcede feeme ftrangc to our foiefathcrs, if their more ciuill, more facred ghofts , "might
returnc and take view of their degenerating pofiericic. but now he mud bee a (hans^er
in many companies,that will not cftrangehimfelfe from ciuilitic,from humanitie.from
Chriftianitie,fromGod, tobecomeofaMan n Beaft; of anEngiifh-man, a Sauagc
Indian; ofaChriftian, aFicnd , fauethathehathabodie, in the diuerfified pollutions
whereof, he hath aduantagc , and takes it , to out fvvagger the Diucll. Thefe are the
Gull-gallants of our dayes , to whom I could \v;fh , that either their Irogenitotb had
beenc fome CutTianian Indians, or that ihey would Icaue this vfurpedCjallantrie to
thofetruc owners, and refume fpirits trulj Enghfl:,

The Gods of the Cumanians arc the Sunne and Moone,which are taken for man and
wife, and for the greateft Gods. They hauc great fearc of the Sunne.when it Thunders
or Lightens, faying that hee is angric with them. They faft when there is any Eclipfc,
efpeciallythewomenrforthemarncd women pluck their haircs, and fcratchtheirfaces
with their nailcs: The Maids thruftfharp fifli- bones into their arn-.cs,t:nd draw bloud.
When theMoone is at full, they thinke it is wounded by the S iinnc, for fome indigna-
tion he hath conceiuedagainft her. When any Cometappeareth, they tnake a great
noife with Drummcs and hallowing , thinking fo to fcane it away , or to confumeit,
belceuing that thofe Comets portend fome eiiills.

Among their many Idols and figures , which they honour as Gods ■ they haue one
like a Saint syindrevoes Cioflc, which they tb ughtpreferued thein from night fpirits;
and they hanged it on cheir new-borne children.

They call their Pricfts Ttaces, whofe Maiden-hcad-rite we before mentioned. They
are the'irPhyfitians and Magicians. They cure with rootcs and hearbes, raw, fod,and
pounded,withthefat of birds, fiflics , aodbeafts; with wood and other thingesvn-
knowne to the people , with abftrufe and darke wordcs which themfclues vnderftand
not. They fuck and lick the place where the paine is, to draw out the cuill humors. And
ifthepaineencreafctK, they fay that the Patients are pofleflcd with euill Spirits: and
then rubbc their bodies all ouer with their hands, yfing certaine words ofCoriiiration
orCharmes, fucking after thatvcry hard; giuing them to vn^'erftand, that by that
meanes, they call outthceuill fpirits. Prefently they takeapeeceofwood , thevertue
whcreofnoneelfeknoweth but the Tiace , and therewith rubbe their mouthcsand
throats, fo long till they caft all that is in their Bellies, vomiting fometimes bloud with
the force thereof ; the Pi^icf inthemeane timcftairping,knocking,talling,andgeflu-
ring : after two houres there comes from him a thick flegme, and i;. the middeft there-
of a black hard bullet , which thoTe of the houfe carrie and caft into the fields , faying,
Let the Dcuillgoe thither. If the Hck-man recoucr, his goods die and become the
Pricfts ; if hce die, they fay his time was come. The Ttace is their Orade.wi h whom
• they confult, whether they fliall haue warre, what fhall bee the ifl'uc thereof , whether
ibeyearewillbeplcntifull. They fore-wame them of Edipfcs, and aducnife of Co-
mets. The Spaniards demanded in their neceflitie, whether any ftiips would come
(liortly, and they anfwered , that on fuchaday a Caruell would con.c with fo many
men, and fuchprouifion and Merchandize, which accordingly came topaflc.


Chap.^. AMERICA. Theninth^ooke-


They call vpon the Dcuill in this manner; theTtace cntereth into a Caue , or fecrcc
place, in a darke night , and carries with him ccrtaine couragious youthes, that may
moue queftions without feare. Hee fits on a bench , and they ftand on their feet, hce
crycth, calleth, fingcth Vcrfes, foundeth ftiells : and they with a heauie accent fay ma-
ny times Trororure,PrororHre : if the Deuill comes not,all this BlackzSanUm is rcnued
with grieuou; fighes and much perplexitic. When hecommeth (which is knownc by
the noii'c) he founds lewder, and fuddenly falls downe, by vifages and varied gefture,
(hewing that the Deuill is cntred. Then one of thofc his Aflbciates demandeth what
him pleafeth : The Friers went one day with their coniuring and coniurcd holies, the
Crofle, Stole, Holy-water: and when the ?*-»« was in that diftra(fiion , caft 3 part of
the Stoic on him, crofling and coniuring in Latine, and hee anfwered them in his na-
tiuc language much to the purpofc :at laft they demanded whither the foules of the In-
dians went, he anfwered to hell.

The fe Tiaces by their Phy fick and Diuining grow rich : they goc to Feafls , and (it
by tiieinfcliKs apart, and drinkc themfelues drunke, and lay the more they drinke, the
better they can Duiine. They learnc thefc Artes when they are children , and arc en-
clofed in the woods two yeares , all that time eating nothing that hath bloud , fee no
women , nor their owne pai cnts, come not out oftheir Caues or Cells : and the Places^
their Maftcrs.goe to them by night,to teach them. When this time oftheir folitaric di-
fcipiine is p3ft,thcy obtainc a teftimoniall thereof, and bcginne to profefle in praftifc
ofPhyfick and Diuination. Let vs buric the Cftmanou, and then we haue done.

Being dead, they fing their praifes, and buric them in their houfes , or dric them at
the fire and hang them vp. Ai: the yeares end (ifhee were a great man) they renue the
lamentation, and after many other ceremonies, burne the bones , and giue tohts bcft
beloued wife his skull to keepe for a Relique : they beleeue that the foule is immortal],
but that it eateth and drinketh about in the fields where it gocth, and that it is the Ec-
cho which anfwereth when otic calleth.

Chat. III.

OfParia, Gaian.i, and the neighbour Ceantries^ both on the Coaft^
and wtthin the Ltnd.

N the yeare 1497. (fomeaddeayearcraore) * C^riftofher Colnmhtii
fecking new Difcoueries, after the fuffering of vnfufterable heats and
calmcs at Sea (w hereby the hoopes of his Veffells brake, and the frefli-
water not able tfurther to endure the hot indignation of that now-be-
leeued Burning-Zone, fled out of thofe dofe prifons.into the lappc of
that Father of waters, the Ocean, for refuge) he came at laft ro Trini-
dado. The firft Land he incountred,he called by that name ; either for deuotion,now
that his other hopes were dried vp with the heat,or wafhed into the Sea by the violent
{bowers aboue-boord, and thclefle (but not Icfle dangerous) which flowed from his
Caske within : or elfe, for the three Moumaines which hee there defcried. Once , this
difcouerie of Land forauifliedhis,by the incxpeiSed deliuene from ea-
fily caried his impotent thoughts into a double crrour,the one in placing earthly Para-
dife in this Hand, (to which opinion,fo,r the excellcncie of theTobacco there found,he
(hould happily haue the fmokie fubfcriptions of many Humori(ts, to whom that fume
becomes a foolcs Paradife, which with their braines , and all, pafleth away in fmoke)
the other was, that the Earth was not round like a Ball, butlikeaPeare, the vppcr-
fwelling whereof, he efteemed thefe pat ts. Hence Columhu failed to Paria,and found
out the Pearle-fifliing, of which Petnu j. llphonfus, a little after made great commoditie
by trade with the Sauages. He was aflail ed with eighteen C?noas of Caniballs, » one
of which he tooke, wit h one Caniball, at id a bound Captiue, who with tcarcs (hewed

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Of^ariafiurana^andthe mighbour ComitrieSy<C7'c, Ch ap,3.

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Raleighs trea-

them that they had eaten fixe of his fcllowesjand the next day he muft hauc gone tepor
too: to him they gaue power ouer his laylour, who with his ov\ncclubbc killed him,
ftill laying on when his braincs and guts came forth , and teflified that hee needed not
further fcare him.

In Haraia of Paria, they found plentie of falt,which the Fore- man in Natures fliop,
andherchiefcworkc-man, theSunne, turned and kerned from water into fait : his
vvorkc-houfe for this bu fin eflc, was a large plaine by the waters- fide. Here the Sepul-
chres of iheir Kings and great men feemcd not lefl'e remarkable : they laid the body on
a kindc of hurdle or grcd-iron of wood.vnder which they kindled a gentle fire,where-
by keepjngthe skinne whole, they by little and little confumed the fit fh. Thefe dried
carkaflcs they held in great reuercnce, and honoured for their houfliold Gods. In the
ycare ' 14^9. Vincent Timjon difcoucrcd Cape Saint tAtiguftine^ and failed along the
coaft from thence to Paria.

But why ftand we here pcdiing on the coaft for Pcarles, Salt, and Tobacco ? let vs
roufc vp higher Ipirits , and follow our Englifli guides for Guiana. Only let mec firft
haueleauc to mention concerning the Superftitions of thcfe parts Northward from
Guiana, whatitplcafed S'\iJValter'^leigh toimpatvnto me from the Relation of a
Ycryvnderftandingmanof thatCountric, whom hee vfed for an Interpreter. Thefe
peoplcworfhipthcSunne, whom they irr.agine (as the tabulous Grecians tell of his
Charrct and Horfes, whcrew ith yong Phaetan foiretime fet the World on fire) ro bee
drawnc in a Charret byTigres, which are the moft ficric, ficrce,andfvvifrbeaftsa-
mongftthem.- In honout therefore of the Sunne, and for fuftenanceof his Chariot-
beafts, they carefully wafhthc carkafles of their dead.and lay them forth in the night,
for rcpaft vnto the Tigres, wearied with their long and late iourncy in the day. Forfo
theybelecuc, that after Sunne-fet thcfc beaftsarctothiscnd difmifled from their la-
bour; and that vicifiitudc, wherein Dauid obferueth the wifedonicof diuineproui-
dcncc (that when it is mght the wi/d beaHs goe forth to fecke their prey , which when the
Sunne arifeth and caUetb men forth of their houfcs to lahonr, returneto their Dennes) is
blindly by them applied to this their fuperflition. They likevvife haue a Tradition a-
mongft them, that their Anceftors in times paft neglc(5lmg thus to prepare the corpfes
of fuch as died , for the Tigtes diet , or not waftiing them fo neatly as behoued , the
Tigres made hereof a complaint to the Sunne, as not able to doc his worke, if not al-
lowed their wonted cates : whereupon the Sunne fent one amongft them , bran-
difhing a terrible fierie fword, and fo dreadfully aflaulting the places of their ha-
bitations , and the foilc coucrcd with long grsffe , that all fell on fire -, and an hun-
dred thoufand of the Inhabitants were deftroyed : a terrible warning hereafter to
bee more diligent in thcfc Tigre-deuotions, which accordingly they pcrforme to
this day.

In the yearc ijpj.'' Sir ^/ir(?r/f(»/«^fehauipg before receiucd intelligence of this
rich and mightie Empire, fet forth for theDifcouerie, and on the two and twentieth
of March anchored at Point Curiapan in Trinidado, andfcsrchcd that Hand , which
he found plentifull. He tooke the Citic of Saint lefeph, and therein ^ntome Berree the
SpanifliGouernour: LeauingbisfhipS:heewe t with an hundred men in boats, and
a little Galley, and with fome Indian Pilots ;■ afled along that admirable confluence of
Riuers, (as by the Corps dngunrd) vnto Orereejfte, as great a Commander of Riuers,a$
thcEmperour of Guiana ofS^uldiers. And although wee hauc before mentioned
fomewhat thereof, yet this , his peculiar} lace , rcquirethfonie further confidcration.
This RiuerOienoquc orBaraquan (fincc, of this Difcoueric, called Raleana)r\innz(^
from Quito in Peru on the hath nine branches which fall out on the North fide
of his ownc rnainc mouth, on the South fide feuen. Thus many armes hath this G-ant-
hkeflreametobehisPurucyers, whichare alvvay filling his neuer-fillcd mouth (fee-
ming by this their natural! cfficioufneflc incorporate thereunto , and to bee but wider
gapings of the fame fpacious iawes ) with many Hands and broken grounds , as it
were fo manymorfells and crummes in his greedie Chaps, ftill opening for more,
though hee cannot, euen in Winter, when his throat is glibbeft , altogether fwallow
thcfc :yca thcfc force him, for fcare of choaking, to yavvnc his wideft , and to vomic


C"AP.^. AMERICA. The ninth <Booke' 829

out, betwcenetlicfccleauingmorfclls, into the Oceans lappe, fo many flrcamcs, and
(fofarre is it from the Northernc and Southcrnc extreames) three hundred miles
diftant. The Inhabitants on the Northcrne branches are the TmitiuM , a goodly
and valiant people, which haue the moft manly Ipeech, and moll deliberate (faith
Snyy.'.lttr ) that euer I heard, of what Nacion focucr. In the Sommer they hauc
houfes on the ground , as in other places : in the Winter they dwell vpon the trees,
c where they build very artificial! Townes and Villages : for bctweene May and c King/iiiki-
September the Riucr of Orcnoquerifeth thirtie footvp-right , and then are thofel- ^a dwelt on a
lands ouer-flowentwemie foot high, except in fome few raifed grounds in the mid- Tree, in the
die. This watcrieftore, when the clouds are fo prodigal! of more then theRiucrs i>ad"na''
ftore-houfe can hold, whereby they become violent intruders and incrochers vpon ret.Mar'tjr.
the Land , and not the violence of cold , giueth this time the Title of Winter. Dcc.ifib.e,
Thefc TnittiuM neuer eate of any thing that is fetor fowne; Natures nurflings , that
nci'.her at home nor abroad , will be beholden to the Arte or Labour of Husbandrie.
They vfe the tops ofPalmitos for bread, and Icil! Deere, Fifh, and Potlte, for
the reft of their fuftenance. They which dwell vpon the branches of Orenoqne, ci\.
UACdpitrt zadtjlf'ncureo, arc for the moft part Carpenters ofCanoas, whichthey
fell for gold, and into Trinidado for Tobacco, in the cxcefliue talcing
whereof, they exceede all Nations. When a Commander dierh, they vfe great la-
mentation and when they thinke the Refh of their bodies is putrified and fallen from
the bones, they talie vp the carlcafle againe, and hang it vp in the houfc, where hec had
dwelt , declfing his skull with feathers of all colours , and hanging his gold-plates a-
bout the bones of his armes, thighes and leggcs. The e^rwacas which dwell on the
South ofOrcnoque, beat the bones of their Lords into powder, which their wiucs
and friends drinkc.

As they paffed along thefeftreames, their eyes were entertained with a Pageant of
Shewcs wherein Nature was the only Aflor; here the Deere came downe feeding
by the waters fide , as if they had defired acquaintance with thel'e new-come gueUs :
there, the Birds in vnfpeakablevarietic ofkindes andcolours, rendering their fer-
uiceio the eye and care : the Lands either in large plaines of many miles , baring
their beautiful! bofomes, adorned with F/oras embroiderie of vnknowne Flowers
and Plants, and proftrating thcmfelues to the eye, that theymight bee feenc; or
e!fc lifting vp themfelues in Hills , knitting their furrowed browes , and firouting
out their t^oggle eyes to watch their treafure, which they keepeimprifoned in their
ftoniewaUs; and now , tofee thefeftrangcrs: the Waters (asthe C/r<»c«/J dancing
with mutual! and manifold embracings of diuers ftreames , attended with plcr.tie of
Fowie and Fifli ; both Land and Water feafting varictie of fenfcs with varietie of ob-
ic6ts : only the Crocodile ( a Creature which (ecmeth Vaflall, now to the La nd , now
totheWater, but to make prey on both) wel!-nigh marred tlie Play, and turned
thisComedieintoaTragedie, euen in their fight ^ feafting himlelfc with a Negro of

their companie.

One Icuell paffcd hence to Cumana, an hundred and twentit leagues to the North,
wherein dwell the Sayma.ihe Ajfuwai, the Wi^w',and the Aroriu, a people as black as
N«gros'',butwithfmoothhaire. Their poifoned Arrowes, like cruell Executioners, aThefemiohr
doc not only kill, but with vncouth torments make dea'.h to be, as the !aft,fo the leaft deicend ot °
of their furie ; cfpecially if men drinke after they are wounded. thole in Carc-

At the Port of Morcquito they anchored , and the King being an hundred and ten ca/
yeares old, came a foot fourteene miles to fee them, and returned the fame day. They
brouohttliemftoreof fruits,andafortofParaquitos,nobiggerthcn Wrennes^andan
e ArmadiUa, which feemeth to be all barred cuer with fmail plates , fomewhat like to cOuid.inS/im-
a Rhinoceros, with a white home growing in his hinder-parts,as bigge as agrcat h'.in- mar. caiisit
tinghornejWhichtheyvletowindcinfteadofa Trumpet. Theyaftcreate this beaft. Batclatu.
C^oHardtts f faithjitisinbigneffe andfnouthkeaPigge, lines vnder the earth as a ^ jn,„,rd.c.iy.
Moule, and is thought to line on earth.

They paffed further, til! they came in fight of thofe ftrangc ouer-falis of Caroii , of

which there appeared ten or iwelue in fight, euery one as high oucr the other as a

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of ^ariafiuiana^andthe neighbour Countries ^i^c. Chap,2

Thefe may ra-
ther be faidto
want necks
then heads,
and that cati-
fcth them thus

M- Charles

" tczp.'cscom-
panie 1606. in
a voiage to
Ama"^ , in a
their Captain,
and theteft
were taken at
Cuba, and
fourteen han-
gedjfoure kept
ly. Adams.

Church-Tower. They had fight at WinicaporaofaMountaiftc of Cryftall, which ap-
peared afarrc off like a white Church-Tower, of an exceeding height. There falleth
oner it a mightie Riuer, which toucheth no part of the fide of the Mount3ine,but rufh-
iofj oner the top, falleth to the ground with fo terrible noife,as if a thoufand great bels
were knocked one againft another. No maruell ofthefe roring out-cries, if wc confi-
der that double penaltie q( Senfe and Lo/*-, which this Riuer feemcth to fuflaine, the
one in that dreadful! downe-fall, bruifing and breaking his vnitcd flrcames into drops,
and making it foming and fenfelefle with ihisfalting-Jick»efc; the other in leauingbe-
hinds his Cryflall purchafe, further enriched with Diamonds and other Iewells,which
euen now he embraced in his waterie armes, but himfelfe (fuch is the ccurfe and curfe
of couetoufneflc) will notfuffcr himlclfe to enioy.

Now for the Monfters of mcn:there arc faid to be(not fcenby our meh.but reported
by the Sauages and other) an Amazonian nation further South : which Goinara thinks
to be but the wines of fome Indians (a thing common, as you haue euen now read)
fhooiing and following the warres,no leffe then their husbands : oncc,about lucatan,
about Plata, about the Riuer, called of this fuppoficion, ^maz,ones : about Monomo-
tapa in Africa ; our Age hath toid , but no man hath feene this Vnimammian Natron.'
Yet here they ipcake not of fearing of the breaft : and what ncede they,if there be fuch,
feeing the women are fo good Archers in other placcs,their breafts notwithft anding ?
Againe , * they tell of men with mouthes in their breafts , and eyes in their fhouldcrs,
called Chiparetftai, and of the Guianians, Ewiaponomos,stxy fttong ; and of others hea-
ded like Dogs, which liue all the day time in the Sea. Thcle things are firangc, yet I
dare notefteenie them fabulous : only (as not to prodigall of faith) I fufpend,tillfome
eye-intelligence of fome ofour parts haue teftified the truth.

Francis Sf.irrcj left in Guiana by Sit iV.Ralrigh 1 5 9 J. hath alfo w itten ofthefe parts;
He relateth of a place called Comalaha Southwards from Orenoque, where at certaine
times they fell women as at a Faire. He faith he bought eight, the eldcft of which was
not eighteene, for a red-hafted knife, which in England coft an halfe-penie : hcc gaue
them to the Sauages. He was afterwards fent prifoner into Spaine.

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