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men, raodeft, neucr fecnc to laugh, and of good capacitie. They tye their haire about

their



Chap.4- AMERICA. The ninth 'Booke: 841



their middle with barke, and coucr therewith their nakednefle: their hairealfois of
diuers colours : and they which want long haire, vfc a furre to coucr theinfducs. They
eate mans flcfh : obferue mcalcs at noonc and night (a thing raicin thofc parts) vfc no
Religion, fo far as our Author could fee in nine or ten dayes of his abode with them :
ihcy are very cleanly.

The Metayas met them with dancing and finging : the women fare about them and Motayau
wept, and then fet forth their viftuals : they laughed at them for refijfing mans flcfh :
they arc fmal people and browne,weare theirhaire in fafliion as we in England.findg-
ling it round about, and in other parts of the bodie,plucke it away with a (liell.

The L»pai,or5«Ww, asthePortugalscall them, liucin the mountaincsof Pine- lofot.
apples: they faw no houfes, but boughcs tied together with the pills of Trees: they
would robbe them of their good?, but not liurttheirperfons: hecre they found many
mines of gold,3nd many rich ftones : no part of America is richer, but it is farrc with-
in Land, and the Countrey populous, that neither Spaniard nor Portugall can inhabit
there : they are brownc and fmall, the women as fhamclcfleas beafls.

ThcW^/y^n^iwrf/owxdwellinfmalltownesby thefideofaRiucr, are the fimpleft of irayttniVfifont.
all other, would fland and gaze on vs like beards of Deere, without fpcaking word.
They are biggc, tall, cleane-made,lazie: heere fixteenc of their company died with
eating a certainc yellow plumme.as bigge as a horfe-plummc. The roots of Mandio-
ca had almoft killed them all, but by a peccc of Vnicorncs hornc they were preferued.
from hence he with twelue Portugals determined to traucll to the South-fea by land :
they came to many mountaines where they found itore of gold, and many precious
floncs, and had thought themfelucs in Peru : thofe ftones they lookc vp one day, they
caft away the next to take vp better. In this Countrey they trauclled two moncths,till Strange ioiir-
they came to the ^ren A<foM»tai»e of ^ryftall, (othaghl fecming to tower vp it felfein "^y*
the clouds, and was impaflablc for Ikepeneffe : they law it ten dayes before they came
at it, and were not able,when the Sunne was aloft,to tnuell againft it for the glilteting
refleftion. They paflcd aloiigft it twentie dayes before they could finde paffage, and
at laft came to Riuer which ranne vndcr it.Then did they make them prouifion ofgreat
CaneSjthree yards and a halfe broad, and l"x long, and killing good ftore of Taman-
drocs,rofted them: and, thus prouided went into the vault, which made fuch a noyfe
with the water, that itfeemcdto them an enchantment. They wentinonamuiiday
morning,and came out againc on a morning,thcy knew not whether one or t\vo daies
after.

The nextSauagesthcyencountredwercakindeof T4WC7M, which areas pro^'er Tmqes,
men as any in Europe,mo{l of them faire,their heads fet with feathers; the women tall,
propcr.flcnder in the wafte,faire,finc handed, comely faced, and brefts earned. They
cfteemof gold and gems, as we of ftones in the ftreets.Herehe liued eighteen months:
but his twelue companions they flew and deiloured. Him they fparcd.becaufe he pro-
fefled himfclfe a French-man, with whom they fometimes had feme commerce.

The Tocomans dwell betweene the Riuer of Plate and Saint Vincent. They are fan- Tocomans.
die.fmalljbut not fo little as they fay of the Pigmccs, and dwell in Caues.

The Carfyo^/;j for two or three Glafles and a Combe, with foincKniucs,wou!dgiuc Carlpghs.
the worth offoure or fine thoufand cro wnes in gold or (lones. Their women are come-
ly and faire, the men die their bodies blacke. The Tamoyes his laft hofts.by his inftru- *
ttions(who was defirous to trie if the fea might yeeld him any fuccor)Ieft their " habi- • jdey had fo
tations, and thirtic thoufand of them aduenturcd themfclues to feek new. They came donebefore,
into the country of the Amazons, which the Indians calAifn«diocuf}jt!»j,hiit durft not or elfe could
war againft them: rheytookeaTowneoftheCarijos, and cat three hundred of them: "°^ k
the reft fled to the Riuer of Plate,and obtained Portugal (uccour.who tooke thefe Ta- pL^ch
moycs captiues, flew ten thoufand, and fhared twentie thoufand amongftthem for
flaucs. And thus came he againc into his Portugall flauery, from which he had made
an efcape once before, and trauellcd nine moneths in the wilderncfle: fiue or hx yeares
he ferued the Portugals, andliued a yeare and elcuen moncihs with the Canibals.

He made another efcape into Angola,and ferued as a drudge in Mafangana.thc fick-
lieftCountreyvnder the Sunne, where the Poriugals die like chickins, gape for aire

Cccc 2 hke



84^



OfBrafii.



CnAP.4.



fr'un Treatifc
ofBrafil.



GuaymAresor
Waymoies, as
K. and as Stad.
Wayganna,



Beafts ofBra-
fil. ^



Snakes.



like the Camclions.liuc clofcjtakcPhyfickc, eucry wceke letbloud, obfcrueccrtaine
diecandhowcrs whcnto gocabroad.Buthishourctogoeabioad at libertic was not
yet come, Backe he was fcnt to Brafil : and long it was before his longing could be fa-
tisfiedtoreuiewhis Countrcy and friends: fome compaffion of hispaffions,! thinke
this tedious .following him in ihiscpitomifcddifcourfeofhis difalle'tshath bicdin
yoo.

But no man hath written fo abfolutc a difcourfc ofBrafil, as wasthat taken from a
Portugall Frier, and by TranxU Cook* fold to Maftcr Hn^klffit. Out of him I coufd re-
cite the names of other Brafilian Nations, Ararape, Apigapigtanga, Vintan( which
h^ faith were by a Magician Prieft of Portugall conueyed to Fernambur.)T3puyais
a gencrall name, of which he reckoneth threefcorc and fijttccnc feuerallNations',nw>ft
of them of fundric languages.
The ^»^7w<jrf ; haue hard skins,arid beat their children with thifllcs to harden them.
They arc fwift and cruell, cutoffthc captiuesflefh with rccds,lcauing.n6thing but the
bones and guts.and disbowell women with childc,to eat the chUde roaftcd, TheGa- ,
mucuiara haue paps reaching almott to the knees, which when they ainne they binde
to their wafte. The Curupetie cat not men, but carry the heads for (heWr ' •..

The Wintcrbeginnes in Brafil in March fl.'aA ends in Adgufl. The beafts of Brafil
he reckoneth Decrc, Elkes like vnto Kinc or mules, which diuc and goe (but fwimme
not)vnderthewater. Bores oftwoforts,Conies,Pigges, Ounces, Foxes with bags to
carry theiryong vnder the btlly.Thc Tatu or Armadiila, which digs as much as many
men with mattocks : tlieConduacu or Porcupine of three forts: the Hirara likeCiuec ■
CatSjWhich cat hony ■: The Aqliiquijbcarded Apes black, and fomctimes one yellow, '\
which they fay is.their King, hauingaiilnftrumentfrom his gullet as bigge as a duck- '
cgoe, wherewith he maketh a loude found; foa(5^iue, thatthcy fometimesarcfaid to
catch an arrow with the hahd, and redairtit atthefhboter, and fo cunning jhatthey
feeke a leafe, .chew it, and put the fame into their wounds. There are of them many,
kindcs. The Cuuti ate like Badgers, they climbe trees ; no fnake,egge,or bird efcapes
him. Thercat-e others greater,as great Doggcs, withTuskes, which deuour men and
beafts. There are wilde Cats, which yccld good furre, andare.very fierce: the lagoa-
rucu, are Doggesof Brafil; the Tapatialfo barkc like Dogges. Thelaguacinia is a
kinde of Foxe which fecdeth onSea-crabbes and Sugar-canes. The Birataca.a kindc
cf Ferret of fuchftinkingfauour, that fome Indians haue died thereof: yea Dogges
which come neere efcape not:the fent endureth fifteen or twcntic dayes in thole things
which he hath come neere to : and catifeth fome Towne fometimes to be difiuhabited.
This commcthofaventofitie which itvoideth and couereth the earth, o; caflerfi it
out being in danger to be taken : it feedeth on birds cgges,a'nd Amber. Ten or twclue
kinds of Rats, all good meat. Other beafts are before mentioned.

Of i>««(i^«»'/rW/'Z/(r»#w*,henunftbereththeGiboya, fome of which are twcntic
footelong, and will fwallow a Deere whole, crufliing it with the winding of his taile,
and bruifing it with licking, to that purpofe. The Guiaranpiaquana eateth cgges,go-
cth fafter on the tr«cs,. then. any man can runnc on the ground, with a motion like
fwimming. The Camoiamaisallgrcenc, and liueth on like food, TheBoytiapua cat
Froggcs ; the Indians ftrike this Serpent on womens hippcs as remedie to barrennefle.
The Gaitixpia fmelleth fo, that none can abideit : fuch is alfo the Boyuma : the BAmj
(fo termed of his crie) is great and harmelcfie; the Baitupeganga hath venomous

prickles on his backc.

There are «</:'«'y<'W(»»««i* 5»^;t^/,as the lararaca.of which are foure kinds, cfmusk'je

fent, one ten fpannes long, with great tuskes, which they hide and fttctch out at plea-
fure. The Curucucu fifteene fpannes long, which lieth on a tree to hunt his prey. The
Boycimiaga which hath a bell in his taile, fo fwift, that they call it the flying Snake,
there are two kindes thereof. Thelbiracuacaufethby his biting, the bioud to 1 flue
ihorow ail parts of the bodie, eyes,mouth,nofe,eares, &c. The ibiboca is the faireft,
butof fouleftvenomeamongftthemall. The fields, woods, houfes,beds, boots, are
fubiea to plenttc of Snakes, which without hclpe killinfourcandtwentie houres.
Thetcare alfo many Scorpions, which ordinarily kill not, but caufcextrcamc pame

for



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845



for fourc and twcntic houres fpacc. Lizards couer the walles of houfcs, and holes aris
full of them. Their fundamcnt-wormcs arc very dangerous, which Sir %tchard Hah-
kings faithhe favv like a long Magot, grcenc, with a red head.crecping in,and glewing
himfelfe to the gut, where it groweth fo grcat,thac it ftoppcth the p3ffage,and killeth,
with cruellchollikc torments.

Mafter Kniuet fpeakcs of one Serpent which he killed, thirtecne fpanncs long,with
foure and twenty teeth, great fhclls about the necke,b]ack and ruflet.Iike a collar,tc{re
on her bodic, and dark grcene vndcr her belly,all fpcckled with black and white, with
fonre fharpc fee^.no longer then a mans fingcr.and a tongue like a harping jron. Her
tailehkc a ftrait bulUhornc.black and white lifted. If they findc fire they beare thcm-
fcliics in it.till either the fire or themfelues be cxtinguifKed.Thcy vie from a tree to fall
ontheir prey paflvngby.thrufting their railc into the fundament. The Indians will noc
go (vndcr fiue or fix)to fet vpoone of them;this yet he killed with the helue of an axe.

Of Birds there arc Parrotsinnumerablc,more then Starlings or Sparovves mSpaine:
the GuaminbiglikeBecs.which fleepefix moneths ; the Tangara which haue tiie fal-
;liBo-ficknes,the reft dancing about that which isiiillen, with a noifc,from which they
■ wiillnot be skarred:till they haue done, &c. ..■.■.'.■
• Of Fruits,hc reckons the lacapucaya.like a pot.as big as a great bowlc.two fingers
thickcwith'a colier on it,within full of Chefnuts : being much eaten greenc,it caulcth
all the haire to fall offiBalfam trees pncked,cxccllcnt for cure and fent; Oyle-trees ma-
ny ; one as a well or riuer,growing in dric places where no water is: it hath holes in the
branches as lonf as ones arme,full of water Winter and Summer, neuer running o-
uer.but alwaies at like ftay : fiue hundred perfons may come to the foot ofitjand drink
and wafh their fill without want : the water is fauouty and cleave. There are hearbes
which fecme to fleepc all night, and others which make fhc w offence, as we haue be-
foreobferued from Mafter f/^rwwrf in Guiana.

Of ftrange fifhes in Brafil,he nameth the Oxe-fifli,with eies and eyc-Iids,two armes
a cubit long, with two hands.fiuc fingers and nailes, as in a man ; and vnder the armes
the female had two paps inwards likean Oxe : it cannot be long vndcr water : it hath
no fins but the tailc, which is round and clofe, two ftones ncerc thebraincof gresit
cftccme for the ftonc : the inwards as of an Oxe, and taftc likeporkc.

TheCucurijubaisafrcfli-waterSnakc, fiue and-twcnticor thirtie foot long (the
Manima is a greater kinde) toothed like a dogge, with a chaine ttriped along the back
very faire : It catcheth a man, cow, flaggc, or other prcy,winding it with the taile,and
fofwallowcth It wholc:after which fheches and rots, the Raucns and Crowes eating
her all but the bones, to which after groweth new flcifli, by life deriued from t"he head,
which is hidden all this while in the mire (which therefore they that finde, feeke and
kill.) They will fleepc fo being full, that they may cut off peeccs (he telles an inftancc)
fromthetailc, and they not awaken. Theyfound one which was fiftiefpans ortwclue
yards and a halfe long, hauing two wildc Bores in the belly. Thus much of the crea-'
turcs in Brafil. Let vs now take better view of their Warres, Religion, and other
their Rites.



Mafter J^jtMU



Triers Treatife
of Birit.



Fruits TrceSj
andHeibes.



Oxc-fiOii



Mafierr.T^f:,
ncT (who liucd
in Brafil, arid
was acquain-
ted with Ma-
fter Kjn'Kt )
faitluhe le-
fviitstoldhiia
the like .



Chat. V.



of the Warres^ MM-eating^ undother Rites of the BrafilUns.



He Brafilians, for the moft part as you haue fccnc, exercffe irrcconcilia-
blehoftilitic,not to enlarge their dominions, but only to be reuengcd
for the death oftheirfricnds and AnceftorS,flaine by their enemies.Thi
Elder men, as they fit or lie in their hanging beds, will make an Orati-
on ofthe vertue of their Predeceflbrs, andof their fuftaincd wrongs,
^»<Jfi»^^s.::^f» and fo excite the yonger to take armes rthele Orations laft fometimes>«
fixchoures. Their armes are clubbcs or woodden fwords,fiue or fixe footc long.ancT
a footcbtoad, a finger thickc, and very fharpe. One of thefc men being throughly




Imui Nmi-



Gccc 3



moued.



S44



Of the Wanes ^ and Man-eating of the Brafiiians, C H a p .$.



nioucd, would trouble two of our Fenccrs.Thcir bowcs arc as long as ours, the ftring
made of the herb Tscow, little yet able to endure the ftrcngth of an horfe: their arrovves
an ell long, which they will flioot twice as faft, as our men : they haue leather fhields :
Their elder men lead the rankes (if they may be fo called,which haue none to marl'hall
or order them) and with great fhouts, anddiewing the enemies the bones of theit
flaine friends, they enter into a fierce battell.Their captiucs they conucy in the middcft
of their armic home to their territories, vnto whom the men will not fticke to giue
their lifters or daughters, toperforme all the duties of a wife, and feed [hem with
the beft, till they rcdemand the fame out of their fleHi: the men are employed (if it be
long beforethe{laughter)inhunting, fowling, fiftiing; the women in gardening, or
gathering Oyftcrs. When that difmall day approcheth, knowledge is giucn, and the
inen,women, and children aflemble to the place appointed, and there pafle the mor-
ning in drinking;&: the captiuc(aIthough he knovveth the dreadful iflue}danceth,drin-
keth, and frolickcs it with the beft. After fix or feuen hourcs thus fpent, two orthrcc
of the ftrongeft faften a rope about his middle,leauing his armes at l)bertie,and fo lead
him vp and downc the Village in triumph. Neither doth he for all this hang downe his .
head, as men hecre going to be hanged, but with incredible courage emblazoneth his
ownc worthineflc. Thus, thus, faith he.haue I fomctimes bound your kindrcd,and thy
father,faith he to one, haue I dcuoured, and thy brethren (to another) haue I hftcaned
and eateilrand what innumerable numbers ofyou Tougn PtnamlfaHfif haue thefc hands
taken, this throat fwallowcd ? Neither with the Margatates fuftcr this my death vnrc-
uenged. Then they bring him ftoncs, ancibidhim rcuenge his death. Hehurleth them
at thofc which ftand about him, whereof there arc fomefourc thoufand, and hurteth
diucrs : I faw one (faith our Author) whofc legge I had thought had bccnc broken by
the violence of one of thofc blowes. After this comes one, which all this while had
» This clubbe bin hidden,with the » fatall club,and,Art not thou one of the Margaiates?faith hc;and
the>f ealli>wr« haft thou not dcuoured our kindred .> the other anfwcreth, O howluftiiyl haue done
^r"!"*' it, how prompt haue I bccnc in taking them, how greedie in eating? And therefore,

f c^t TtcT"" replicth the othcr,{halt thou be killed and rofted on the Bo«c<»w. What then? faith he,
this mUchiete my death fhall not be '' vnreuenged. The clubbe ends their dialogue, with one blow
byceruine ftriking him dead. His wife (if heehad atiy, asthcy fomctimes vfe to befiow on their
ceremonies of captiucs) comcs to the carkaflc, andfpends a little time and paffion in mourning, but
ringing ana her Crocodiles tearcs arc foonc dried, and the humor falls into her teeth, which water
b^Thisconfi- ^°'' ^^^ firft morfcU. The other women, cfpccially the elder (which are moft cruell and
dence is as wcl g^cedy) bring hot water and wafli the body, and rub it till it looke like the skinne of a
in the women Pig;then comes the mafter of the feaft,which owed the captiue,and cuts it out as readi-
es in the men, jy^as any Butcher with vs can doe a Wether. They daub the children ' with the bloud:
fourc women carry about the armes and legs for a fhew, with fhouts and cries : The
trunk is diuided into two parts,the vpper part being cut and fcparated from the lower :
the inwards arc left to the women, which feeth and make btoth of them called Af>»~
^(<«,which they fup vp.with their children : they eat alfo the flefli about the head. The
brainc, tongue, and thatwhich within thehead mayferueformeatc, is the childrens
rharc. The author of the feaft hath a new name added to the former (for they haue fo
many names as they haue flaine captiucs, the chiefe of the Cottage branding him on
the arme^with an honorable marke for the memorie thereof) and all that day he imift
fpend in quiet.The TVaygAfina <J arc a kinde ofBrafilians,which hold confederacy with
no other Nation, but kill all which come to their hands, and that fo cruelly, that they
will cut off their armes and legges while they are aliue, Thefc liue in the Mountaines.
They cut them with ftoncs.and thofc which haue trade with the Chtiftians,vfe kniues.
Their 5#«r4« is a grediron of fourc cratches, fet in the ground, a yard high, and as
much afunder, with billets laid thercon,and other ftickes on them grate-wile. On this
theyroftthefle(h,puttingfircvnder, all the people ftanding about the fame, and cuery
one gets a little peece of him. But me thinkes I fee horror cxprcfTed in the countenance
of him that reades this, and euery one wearic of viewing this tragedic, loathing this
nhumane fcafting with humane flefh,
1 vvili therefore Icaue their iharablcs, and (which better bcfeemcs a Pilgrime) will

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Chap.5* AMERICA. Theninth^ooke. S45

vifitetheif holies andholypIaccs.But alas, where or what are they? Mafiwhnhzl-
rcadie tolde vs.that they obferue no Gods ; and Leritts confirmcs the fame,yct flicw-
cth that they acknowledge a Diuell,whom they call y^^»4« : not that they vvoiihippc
him,but are tormented by him. Euen in fpcakingofhiin , * they tremble,andthere- " icu.i6.
membrance brecdes a compafsionat amazement in the hearer , an amazed pafsion in
the fpeaker,while he applauds our happincffe free from fuch tyrannic.deplores his own
miferie.He fonnimes in the forme of a beaft, fometimes in forme of a bird, and other-
whiles deformed in fome monrtrousfhape,doth grieuoufly torment them.Euen whiles
the Chriftians were in conference with them, ^they would pitioufly cry our, Hei, Hei,
helpe,v^7(^»<«» vcxeth me. Norcould this be counterfeit in the iudgmcnt of any that
conu'Jrfed with them.They bcleeue the immortalitic of the foule.and chat the foules of
thcvertuous,thatis,(intheirfenfe)offuch as hauc killed and eaten many enemies,
fhallflic beyond the highert mountains, and be gathered to the foules of their proge-
nitors, and there Hue in pleafant gardens, and pcrpctuall dancings and delicacies. The
cowardly ghofis {hall be carried vnto tormcnt,by Arg»4»,vikhout end.They haucno
name.wherby to fi^nificGod vntothem.but wondered to hearc what the French-mcn
tolde of the Creator ofheauen and earth. And becaufe they are afraid of Thunder,
■which they call Teufan,x.\\ey told them that God was Author thereof: the foolifli In-
dians reply.that he was then naught which would make them afraidc. But the feare of
^f«<i«madethem fometimes flexible to embrace the Chriftian Religion, hearing
that this DiucU was inferiour to the Chriftians God. So that euen in thefe(thcmott
degenerate of all, which I haueobferued itithis long and tedious Pilgrimage ) there is
fome fparke left of Religionj, euen in the acknowledgement of a Diuell, and of ctcrnall -
rewards and punifliments.

This is further confirmed by that which is written ofccrtaine Magicians or Priefis
amongft them: which per! wade the people that they haue dealings with fpirit$,thac
by their meanes they haue their roots and fufttn3(Ke,and may by them haue fortitude.
I (faith LeriM)vi2s prefent at one of their Afl'cmblies.where lixe hundred were gathe-
red together, which diuided themfelues into three partcJithe Men wcntintoone
houfe, the Women into a fecond,the Children into a third. The Carail^es fothzd the
Women and Children to depart their houfes, but to attend diligently t6 fmging : atjd
wee (faith he) were commaunded to abide with the women. Anon the men in one
houle fell to finging. He, He, He, anfwered by the women in the other with the fame.
They howled it out for a quarter of an houre, fliaking their brcaflsj and foming at the
mouth, and (as if they had had the falling fickenefle) fome falling downe in a fvvoune,
theDiuell in feemmg entring into them. The children alfo followed in the fame harfh
deuotions. After thi«, the men fung pleafantly, which caufed mee to goc thither,
where I found them finging and dauncing in three feuerall Rings, in thcmiddeftof
each, three or foure (^aratkes, idorned with Hattes and garments of Feathers jenerie
onehauingacJI/<«rdr^r, orRattle, in both his handcs. Thefc Rattles are made of a
fruite bigger then an Oftrichesegge, out of which they (aid, that the Spirit would
fpeakc, and they continually fhooke them, for the due confccration, Thefc Carathes
daunced to and fro, and blowed the fmoake ofPetum on the ftanders by , faying, Re-
ceiueyee a.\li\\c Spirit of Fortnttde, whereby yee may ouercome your enemies. This
they did often: the folemnitie continued two hourcs, the men ignorant of Muficke,
and yet rauifhing my Ipirit with the delight I conceiued in their Song. Their wordes
founded this,that they were grieuedfor the loffe of their Progenitors , but were com-
forted in the hope, that they Ihoiild one day vifite them beyond the hills; and then
threatncd the O^f/.rc^r^-is (which dwell not farre from them, and arc at enmitic with c Ler,c,^,
all their neignbours.as fwift as Harts, wearing their hairc to the buttockes, eating raw
flcfh.and differing from all others in Rites and Language) and now prophefied their
dcftrudlion at hand.Somcwhat alfo they added in their long ofthe floud,tbat once had
drowned all the wotld,but their anceftors,which efcaped by climbing high trees.That
day they fcaftcd with great clicare.

This folemnitie is celebrated eiicry third ycare 5 and then the faraibes appoint in
euctie familie three or foure Maracafto be adorned with the beft feathers.and flicked

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846 Ofth IVarres^and Uan-eatift^ of the 'Brafilians. C H a p.5



inthcroundjWithmcatand diinkc fet before them ; and the people bclecuc they
cateic. They miniftervnto their cJW<«>'<«f<«fifteenedayes; after which, in a fuperfliti-
ous coiiccitjthcy thinkc that a Spirit fpeakes to them while they rattle their Maraca.
They were exceedingly offended, if any tooke away any of this Prouifion, as the
iPrcnch fometimes did ; for which, and denying other the Caratbes lies , thofe Piiefls
hated them excecdingly.Yet do they not adore their CMaraca,oi any thing elic. Pt-
/f>- C<»r<^irrf faith he could obieruc no Religion amongft them, butthc worfhipofthc
•'■'" "■ Moone ; fpccially the New-Moone, whereat they reioyccd,leaping,finging,and clap-
ping of hands,
e sifdjA.c.i-i ^r/iiS^/^Afg tells (as you heard) that they afcribed his taking totheprediftion ofthcir
b ierms faiths MarAca. He tells oftheir confccration , that the ^ Peijigi ( fo he calls them ) cnioync
That the Carji- jj^^j cuery one fhould carrie their Tamaraka to the houfe , where they fhould rccciuc



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