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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tobepiefeiu den.ed not his wonted Tributes. Hereupon the King, after two ycaies ftouihontot

atthcexecuti- thewaire, made that vnhappie expedition in the former Chapter mentioned. And
on.He ca!s the there the waters taking part with the Siamtte , hce tried once and againc the like for-
placenoca tunes of warre. He fent his brother the King otiangoma, and his owne fonne twice ;
P^^iibn Hcwas ^^'^ich did much harme to the Si3mites,and recciuedno little themfclues ; neuerretur-
thsn at Pegu . "'"g without lofle of haUe their Armie,and of his own fonne, in the bit inuafion flaiiie
withafhot. Rclentlefle he (inflamed rather with his lolfes) determined another ex*
pedition in his owneperlbn ; and therefore laid vp ftore of protiifion in barnes at Mar.;
tauan,MurmiiIan,Tauay,and Tanaflariii.three yeares togetber,purpofing then to em-
ploy all the Peguans in this cnterprife. But they wearie offorreignc calamities, h:ddc
themfclues in woods and wildernefles,and fome turned 7"<j/i>/?o;f J-.- fo they call thcit
religion -pcrfon-:. Many foldethcmfelucsflaues. The King perlifting, in hispeifon
gaue order to his vncle XitKtl/ogKs, to take a mufter ofall the people, and to entcnaioe
halfe of them forthc wartes. Buthe miffing fo many.which had by thole new courfcs
preuentedthis feruicCjacqiiaintcththeKingthcrevvith; who enioyneth the late prc-


Chap.^. ASIA. Thefift (Booke: ^6 5

fcflcd Talopojes to rcfignc their habitc,thc young men to be compelled to warfare, the
oldemen to be exiled to the Bramans.where after he caufcd them to be exchanged (or
horfes.He caul'ed all the Peguans alio to be branded in the right hand .that they might
bckno\A'ne.This made themcntertaine thoughts ofrebellion, which was firftpradi-
fcd by the Cofmians , who fct a new King ouer them.

The Peguan fent an Armie againft them , with charge to burnt or bring away all
they could nndeamongrt them, which they did, together with many ofthe people of
both fexcs, which he (after his manner) fetting wood about them^burned.And when
the reft (not able to warrqagainft their King and famine at once) fubmitted them-
felucs, with exquifitc 3 torments he flew them all. He then fent to his fonne,the King g ThccrueM
ofAua,totranlplantthofe people ofeuery age and fexjto people thefe forlornedclo- tyrannieofthc
lationsofPcgu. Thcy.vnacquainted with this aire.brakeforth in difcafcs,\\ herewith K.ufPegu.
they infeifted alfo the naturall Inhabitants : which plague made fuch hauocke , that
many in impatience caflthemfelues into the Riuer. The Murmulans with helpe of
the Siamitesjfciled on their Caftle.whom the King bcfieged a yeare togcther,and then
was forced from thence by the Siamites fudden irruption, with loffe ofthe moft of his
people , the Horfes , Elephants, and Countrcy it felfe remaining their recompcnce.
And the Peguan Captaincs alfo, fearing their Mafters tyrannic,bccame fubiefls to the
Siam'te.whofe whole families this Tyrant with fire andwater dcftroyed; fothat all
thcTradl from Pegu to Martaua and Murmulan was made a Wildernes. Thefe things
dr)ne,he fent for his yonger fonne,the King of Prom,and commanded him to the fiege
cfMurmulan; who, vttcrlymifliking the attempt, conucyed himfelfe in the night
homcwards,with purpofe ofrebellion.

The King of Siam not ignorant of this Peguan cftate,inuaded the countrey in Har»
ueft-time, and thcrefofe that which they could, they conucyed into Barnes , the reft
was fired. He pocceded and laide liege to Pegu ; in which at that time were a hun-
dred and fiftiethoufand men, and three thonfand Peeccsof Ordnance, athoufand
■wherof were Braffe : but (as is faid) for feare ofthe Portugals,which were faid to haue
entered into Siam by the way of Camboia , he departed, leauing Famine bchindef ai
Lieutenant ofhiswarres, which caufed the forreigners, then in Pegu for the-deftft^ie
thereof, to get them to their owne homes. Thofc few which remained , liuctfvvith
prouifion from Tangu. The King fent to his Deputie in come to him with
all the Inhabitants ofthe Countrey and their ftore, leauing his wife, and fomc few to
guard the Citie. He anfwcrcd that he would lend halfc, and to demaund all were vn-
reafonable. The king fends foure Noble-men with Souldiers to force him hereunto.
ButheflayeththeLeaders, and feizeth on their followers. Thus the Faminecncrea-
fing,& the people eating one another, the king numbreth the Citizens,among whom
he hndcth feucn thoufand Si3mites,whom he commanded to be flaine, not leauing a-
bouc thirtie thoufand of all forts in the Citie. His fonne,thc king of Prom,which had
now flood out three yearcs, began to relent and iue for pardon, with promil'c to bring
thcPromans(to the number offiftie thoufand) to the Citie , whereat his father leioy-
ced,and fealed his rardon,which he fent him with many gifts. But his chicfe counfel- ludasannot of this rebellion, fearing all the blame would be laide on hiin,poyfoned the ^^ fecure,tiU
Prince ; himfelfe afpiring to the kingdomc,was within one weeke deOroyed: and the j]^ "^nghiui-
nobles.euery man feeking to fcizc the ftate to himfelfe caufed that of thofc fiftie thou- ' *
fand,vvithin two moneths fpace,whilcs euery weeke they had a new Prince, fcarce re-
mained fifty men fit for warrc,wh!ch departed to Pegu, three or foure in a Ship Jeauing
theircountrcytothehabitationof vvilde bcafts.

TheNatiuesofPeguarenot quite extin>Si:, but many of them are fledde into other
kingdomes ; of whom, and ofthe ^nmins J angoma numbreth a hundied and twenty
thoufand: Or^c<«»,tvventie thoufand : Siam a hundred thoufand ; and the king oflan-
goma is able (they fay) to aime a million of men,

TheTalapoyesperfvvadcd the langomanto depofe his brother of Pegu. Hccal-
ledged his oath vnto his father, while he liued. They replic, that no oath might pro-
hibitc.if he placed his brother in a Vahat (or golden Throne) to be adored for a God.
And partly with this (I may not Cullit) rcafon : and partly,as Xerxes allcdged for him-


.46 6 Of the KJngdome ofTe^u^ or 'Brama. C h a p .5

fclfcjbccaufe that his elder brother was borne before his father was King, and bccaufe
his mother was the former King of Pegu's daughter,hc pcrfwadcd liiuifcife that it was

And thus was the flatc ofthismightieKingdomcinthe yeare 1598. broughtto
one City,which alio was now become a withered carkafle, and well nearethe Sepul-
chre of it felfe, and (as mifchiefes come not alone) beiiegcd by Mogm , King of
! A.Beues. ty^/idre/u 'SfHet (in his Letters the iS.of March, 1 6co, ) thus finifhcth this Trage-

die. When thcKingofPegu fawhimfclfeln luchftraitcs, bcfieged bytheKingsof
Orracan, or Arracan,and Tangu.he yeelded himfelfe to the King of Tangu ; who dealt
trcacheroufly with him,and cut off his head, ashe did to the Quccne likewife, and the
Prince. He then hafted to the Tower of Pegu, where he feund as much goldeand
jewels as laded fixe hundred Elephants,and as many Horfes , bcfides filucr and othec
mettals of fmaller price. The King of Arracan then abfent, and aiigriethatihe Kin^
ofTangu (contrane topromife) had feized all the treafure to himfclte, he purpofcdto
inuadehiskingdome, and to that intent, had the ayde of many Portugals ( amongft
whom this Icfuitc was one) who faw the wayes and fields, lately fo fertile, now lull
ttrcwcd with dead mens bones and skulsjand m the Riutrs all paflage of fhipj hinde-
red by the carkafies of rrxn. The king of Arracan found in thcTowne aforcfaid,ihree
millions of filuer,with the Artillerie ; and then remained Lord ot Pegu. But the king^
ofSiamandlangomapreucntedhisentcrprileforTangu, whiththey inuadediodc.
|)rluehimofhistreafures. Theking of Siam twice afiailed Martauan with rcpiilfe,
k Acruell pa« vvhereuponhccaufcd twoof his cowardly Captaines^^ to be caft into Cauldrons of
niftiment of fcalding Oyle : and the third time conquered that kingdomc,
CoVsrards. Thus hauc you heard of the power and lubuerGon of this great Monarchie : fo

much the more lamentable, becaufe their fall was from fuch a height. The Countrey
is fo fertilCjthat at what time focuer come be put into the ground.thc paimcnt is good
•with increafc, I haue fcene with mine eyes (faith Ctfar Frtderick^e ) that they hauc
C3^vScrpentSjScorpion$,all manner ofHearbes andGrafle. SucKfcrtilitie,andfuch
ftQ9>*|C.kes,as they make credible the reports of their huge Armies , fo doe they make
more terrible the reports of their defolations. This that 1 fpcakc of their diet.l vndeir
ftand not of their extrcmitie and famine, but ordinarily. MiiikxFttch faith the iam^
that they eatcRoot$,Hcarb$,Leauci,Dogges,Cats,RatSj and Snakes; they refuleal;-
molt nothing.

It is aboue a hundred yearcs fincc V ertemannut was there, who in companie of i
Periian Merchant went to vifit the king,w ho then had warren in Aua. They vventin Ji
Boatc all of one piece of wood.fitteene or fixteene paces long.The Oarcs were Cants,
and the Maft was one Cane as biggc as a Herring Barrell. The king wore ai many je-
■wels as were worth a great Citie, which made him in the night time to (hine as the
Sunnc. HehadthenafacrificetodoetotheDiuell, andthenext day the Pcrfianpre-
fented him with rich Coralls,which he tooke info good worth, that he gauchimds
1 149^. many Rubies as were worth a hundred thoufand Ducats. Some y cares' before Hwo-

mmo da SxhHo Stefhant found him in the fame warrcs with yf«<«,and faith ot him,that
he had ten thoufand Elephants,and bred or brought vp euery yeare fiue hundred.
,<gg Thekingjthatliued when M^f'<f'(>'" was there, hadone wife, and three hundred

M R.Pitcb. Concubines : of whom he was faid to haue fourefcorc and ten children. Hee fate in
C<ejjied. iudgementalmoll euery day. They vfe no fpeech in their futes, but giuevptheirSup.

plications,writtcnin thclcauesofa tree, with the point ofan Iron bigger then a bod-
kin. Thefelcaues are ofan eli long, and two inches broad; they are aU© double. He
which giueth in his Supplication Itandcth a little off, with a prelcnt ; which,if the king
grantcth his rcqueft he accepteth.if not,he retu rncth with his prefenr.

Pegu is (or at leaft in a more vnhappy tenfe.when they were there, was) aCiti«
great,/hong.and very faire,wiih walls of ftone,and great ditches round about it, With
many Crocodiles in ihem.Therc are two townes ; the olde, in which theMerchantsa-
bide,and the houfes arc made of Canes called Bamhos : and the new, for the kingand
his Nobilitie.The Gitic is fquarc with faire walls,hauing in each fquare fiue Gaccs,be.


•Chap.?. ASIA, The fift 'Booke, j^6j

fides many Turrets for Ccntinels to wa tch.made of wood and guilderl very faitc. The
ftrcetesareftraightasalinc , from one gate to another; and fo broad, that tenrcor
tvvclue men may ride a-front through thcm.On both fides at euery mans doore is fet a
Cfffo-trce.yeclding a faire {hew and comfortable fhadovv, that a man might walkc in
thcfhade all day. The houfes are made of Wood, and coiiered with Tiles. The
Kings houfe is in the midft,walled and ditched about : and the houfes within ofwood,
'fumptuouny wrought and guilded. And the houfe wherein his Pagode or Idoll ftan-
dcth.i > coucred with Tiles of filuer, and all the walls are guilded with golde. Within
the firft gate of the Kings houfe was a large roomc,on both fides whereof were houfes
made for the Kngs Elephants. Among the reft he had fourc white Eiephants,3 thing
rareinNature.butmorepreciousin hiseftimation. Forthis ispartofhis royall Title,
fheKingoftbewhiteElefha>ns And if any other hathany, he willfeekeby fauouror
•force to hauc the fame, which (fomC" fay) was thecaufeofthc quarrcll betwixt him ,„ i]„n.^gj
and the King of Siam.Gre.nferuice was done vnto them. Euery one of thefc white E-
jtphants ftood in an houfe guilded with gold.and were fed in veflcls of filuer gilt.Onc
of them , as hce went euery day to the Riucr to be wafhed , pafled vnder a Cano-
pie of Cloth of Golde or Silkc , carried by lixe or eight men ; as many going before
playing on Drummes or other Inftrumencs. At his comming oiic of the Riucr a Gen-
tleman waAicd his fcetc in a SiluerBafon. Therewcrc of blacke Elephants nine Cu-
bits high. The King was faid to hauc aboue fiue ihoufand Elephants of Warrc, There
was about a mile from Pcgii , a place buildedwith a faire Court in it , to takewildc
Elephants in a Groiie: which they doe by thefemale Elephants, trained to this pur- g?"f,)*''
pofe.and annointed with a ccrtaine Oylc, which caufeth the wilde Elephant to follow JilhilUn^i ,*
her. When the Hunts-men haue brought the Elcphancneere to thcCitie, they fend tells of taking
wordthereof, andmanyHorfe-menandFoote-mrncome out and caulc the female thcwildewih
to take a freight way, which leadeth to the place where iTie entcreth,and he after her : figlitingon the
for it is hke a Wood. When they are in, the gate is fliuc , and they gctoutthefc- '•»f^c ^'nd wea-
tnalc. The wildc one feeing himfclfc alone, wecpcth and runneth againrt thewalles, '^^'"^^ "°"
which arc made of ftrong trees : fome of them breake their teeth therewith. Thea
they pricke him with fharpe Canes. and caufc him to goe into a ftrait houfc^ and there
fatten him with a rope.and let him fa/i three or foure day cs, and then briiig a female
tohim.withmeateanddrinke, within few daycs taming him. When they goe into
the Warres.they fet a frame ofwood vpon their backcs (bound with great Cordes)
wherein Htfoure or fixe men.which fight with Gunnes,Darts,Arrows,and other wea-
J)ons. All Authors agree, that no bcaftcommech fo necrethd reafonof amanas the
Elephant,yea they fecme to goe before fome men in conceit, haughtincfle, defircof
glorie,thankefuln:fl'e &c.

The Peguans arc bcardlefle : and carric pinfers about them to pluckc out the
baircsifany growe. They blacke their teeth, for they fay a Dogge hath white teethe
The men of Pegu, Aua, langoma, and Brama wearc balls in their yardes, which
theyput in the skinne being cut, and weare for euery childc one, till they haue
three, and may take them out at pleafurc : the leaft is as bigge as any Wall-nut:
thebiggedasbiggcasalittleHenncsEgge. They were inuenced to preutntSodo-
mie, which they'vfe more then any people in the world : Abufing the Male-Sexc,
taufeth the women alfo to weare fcant clothes, that as they goe their thigh is feene
bare toprouoke men to lult. Both thcfe were ordained by a cei tainc Quecnc for thofc
Caufes,and are ftiil obferued. If the King giue any one of his Balks, it is a great Jewell
accounted; they heale the place in fix or eight daics.The Eramans that are ofthe kings
bloiid^pricke fome part of their skinne, and put therein a blacke colour, which lalt-
ethalvvay. IfanyMcrchant^fort thither, he {ball hauc many maydes (imh"LiKf. n I'mfj.i-j.
fW(r«) offered him by their parents to take hischoyfe, and hauing agreed with the
parents he may.for the time of his abode, vie his flaue, or his Concubine, with-
out any difcredite to her. Yea, if he come againc, after fhe is married, hee may,
for the time hee flayeth there, demaund her in like fort to his vie. Aiid whea
iman marricth, hce will reque(t fome of his friends to lie the firft night with
his Bride, There arc alio among them that fovN'c vp the priuic parte of theii;

S f Daugh-


Of the ^li^Ibn in l^e^UjO-c Chap,4.

Daughters, Icauing oncly paffagc for Vrinc; which, when they marry, paflevnder
the Surgeons hand for rcmedie. Gaffer Balhy, and ^ot. ^yirthw, tell of another cu.
p Jilll.lndii ftomc of their Virgins,if that name may be giuen them. For, faith he,vVirgtnes$Hb(ie 1 3 , rf^"' omtuno nnlloi reperire Iteet .- Puelk ettim emnesflatim a pner itiafua medicameiititm
^Hoddam vfurpant^quo mttliehriA di^enduntHr dr apertu coni'wentur: idq^propter ilohu.
los qHQSin vtrgis Virigeii»nt : Hlh enim adntittendis virgines grSiores tmlio modofuffice.
rent. Ifamanbebankerupt.thecreditormay fell his wife and children. Their money
is called Ganx.a,ind is made of Copper and Leadc, which cuery man may ftampe that
will. Goldc and Siluer is merchandife and not money. The tides of the Sea betwcene
b Caf.rrtd.^o Martauan and Pegu by "J C-f/irFrr^mc^* arc reputed the greatcft wonder whichhee
ttlbf alfo. fa w in his traucls ; being fo violcnt.that the ayrc is filled with noife.and the earth quj.
keth at the approach of this watery element,fhooting the Boats that paffc therv\ith as
arro wes.which at a high water they fuffcr not to anchor in the Chanell, which would
betray them to the deuouring iawes of the returning tide, but drawc them toward
fome banke, where they reft in the ebbe on drie land, as high from the Channels bot«
tomeasanyhoufetop. And if they arriucnot at their ccrtaine ftations, theymuft
backe againe whence they came, no place elfe being able to fecurc them. And when
it encreafcth againe,it giucth them three calls or falutation* : the firft wjue wafheth o.
uerthe Barque from ftemmc to fternc! thefecond, is not fo furious: the third, raifeth
t RJiicb^ the Anchor. In Negrais in Pegu ■• diucrs people dwell in Boats, which they callT^-
row; the countrey being full of Riuers, in which they goe to and fro with theirFami.
lies : as ftrangc is the dwelling here on the land ; their houfes being fct on high pofts,
and their going vp on Ladders for fcare of Tygres. From hence to Pegu is tcndaytj
iourney by the Riuers,in which way is Cofmin and Medon , where their markets ate
( as their dwel]ings)vpon the water in Boats,with a great Somhero^likc a Cart-whccl,
to kecpc off the Sunne,madc of Coco-Leaues.

a K.Titch.Caf.

b Gaf.Balbf
faith that ma-
ny of thefc
Varelles were
ther with
ihoufand hou-
fes inPc-
gu.hy negli-
gance of a
Portugal Mar-

Chat. 1 1 1 1,
oftfie Religion in ?egu^AndtheCountrej thereunto pibieci,

HchVarelUes or Tdoll-Temples in the Kingdomc of Pegu arc many.
"They arc made round like a Sugar-Loafe, or a Bell : fome arc as high
as a Church or a reafonable Steeple,very broad beneath : fome a quar-
ter of a mile in compaffe : in the making of them, they confumemany
Sugar-Canes with which they coucr them from the top to the bottom.
Within.thcy be all earth.done about with ftone. They fpend thereon
much golde,for they be all guilded aloft, and manyofthcm from the top to the hot-
tome : and euery tenne or twelue ycares, they mufl be new guilded , becaufe the raine
confumeth off the golde,for they ftand open abroad. Were it not for this vain cuftom,
goldc would here be good-cheape. About two daycs iourney from Pegu , there is a
ZJarelle, ^ or 'Pagede^which is the Pilgrimage of the Pcgues. It is called Degonne fix^i
is of wonderfull bignes,and all guilded from the foot to the top .This houfe is fifty fiue
paces in length,and hath in it three lies or Walks,and forty great Pillars gildcd,which
ftand between them.It is guilded with gold within and without. There arc houfes ve-
ry fairc round about for the Pilgrims to lie in ; and many goodly houfes for the Talli-
poicsto preachin,which are full oflmages both of men and women all ouer gilded; I
fuppofeit the faircft place in the world. It ftandeth very high,and thcreare foure waits
to it, which all along are fct with trees of fruits in fuch wife, thot a man may goe in the
fhade abouc two miles in length. And when their feaft-day is, a man canhardly palfe
by water or by land for the great preafe of people, which refort thither from all places
of the kingdome.Theteare on the fliores of Dogon two ftatues, which from the head
downcward reprefent young men , but haue the faces of Diuels, and two wlnges on
theirbackcs. In Pegu there is a 'L'^rf/Ze or Temple, like to this, which the King fre*
qucnted to doc his holies thcrcin,n)OU»ting vp ftaircs, at the footc whereof vvcrc two


C H A P .4* ASIA. The fifi 'Booke. 469

Tvcers ^apinrwidc.feemingasiftheyhadbecnealiue, Befidcsthe many Magazins
for Treafuries full of Trcafure) which the late Braman King had,he had ncere vnto the
Pallacc a Court walled with rtone , the gates whereof were open euery day. Wichin
this Court are foure guildcd houfes coucred with Lcadc ; and in cuery ofthera certain
Idoli of great valne. In thefirfihoufewas agreat ftatueof golde, andonhishead i
crowneofgoldcjbcfet with rare Rubies and Saphires, and about him foure little chil-
dren of golde. In the fccond houfe is another of iiluer, as high as an houfc , fct as it
were fitting on heapcs of money, crowned, his foote is as long as a man. In the third
houfc there is the like Idol of Br3fle,3nd in the (ovnh,o(Ga>jz.a (which is their money
inettall,temrcred of Lcadeand Copper.) In another Court not farre from this, liana
foure other Colofles,or huge Images of Copper, in houfes guildedfairc, as they art
themfelues.fauethehead. firf/^/'tclsoffiuemadeofCanza, fomonftrous, that the c Balljc.^S,
toes oftheir feete we>e as bigge as a man, and fitting crofle-IeggcdjWere yet as high as
onccouldhurleaftone,andwereaHgui:ded. F^mzW^/ 'i rclateth of threcfcorc and d remaHdis
fcuen Images ofGold,richly adorned with Jewels, and three hundred threefcoreand Epift.
iixe CflOT^i/f»^'« or gourds of golde,molten by the Kings father, each weighing a
hundred and fourcfcore pound ; befides his other treafures; to conceale which he (lew
two hundred Eunuches his attendants.

Their TalHpois,': before they take Orders, goc to Schoole^till they be tvventie c R^Fitch.
yearesoldeormore: then they come before a Tallipoie, appointed for that purpofe,
whom they call Rowh. H: (as chicfe and moft learned ) examineth them many times,
Ifvhether they will leauc their fiiends.and the company of all women , and take vpon
them the habite of a Tallipoy. If he be content,thcn he rideth Ypon an horfe about the
rtrcetcs very richly apparelled.with Drums and Pipes, to fhew that he leaueth the ri-
ches of th worldtobe iTallipoie. Infewdayes after he is carried vpon a thing like
an Hr.tfc-littei ,v^hich they c3ilai'f«fl»,vpon tenortwelue mens apparell
Ol a Tall'poy.wi.h Pipes and Drums and many Tallipoies with him,and all his friends;
whirh acccmpanic htm to bis houfe, ftanding without theToWn,and there leaue him,
Euery one of them hath his houfe (which is very little) fetvpcniixe or eight poaes,to
whichiheyafccndonaLaddcroftwclueorfourteencfteps. Thefe houfes are com-
monly by the high-waies fide^&jamong the trees and in the woods.They go lirangely
appaicUed with one C^w^o/wf or thin cloth next to their bodie, of a browne colour j
another ofyeilow,doubled many times vpon their flioulders. Thefe two be girded to
them with abroad girdle; and they haue a skin of leather hanging on a Hnng about
their neckes, whereon they (it bate-headed , and bare-footed , w ith their right armcs
bare,and a broad Sombrero or fhadow in their hands,to defend them in Summer.from
thcSunne,andin Winterfromtheraine. "

They "oe with a great pot made ot wood or fine earth, and couefed , tyed with a
broad girdlcvpon theirflioulLler,which commethvnder their arme; wherewith they
gee to begge their vifluals which they eate,which is Rice,Fifli,andHearbes.Thcy de-
mand nothing, but come to the dore.and thcpeople picfently do giuc them onerhing
orother: they put together in their pot. They kecpe their feafts by thcMoonc; and
at a new Moone is their moft folemne Feali : and then the people fend Rice and other
thingsto that A'wcl; or Church,of which they be : and there all the Tallipoies of that
Church meet and eate that which is fent them. They preach againft all abufes.and ma-
ny refort vnto them.WheiT they enter into their Kiack^,it the dore there is a great iarre
ofwater. with a Cocke or a Lad e in it, and there they wafli their feete, and then enter
in.lifting vp their hands to their heads, firft to their Preacher, and then to the Sunnc,
and fo fit dowlic. When the Tallipoies preach, many of the people carrie them gifts
intothePulpit,whcretheyfitandpreach. And there is one which futeth by them to
takethat which the people bring,which is diuided among them.They hauc none other
ceremonies nor ferutce that 1 could fee but oncly preaching.

^ofcrwff faith that they holde an innum'Jrable multitude of worldsfuccefliucly one ( G.B.Blpart.i
after another, and alfo innumerable number of Gods ; but not all at once. They Aril.'tiip.}i).
imagine that fiue haue gouerncd this prefent world, whereof foure are paffed a-
boue two hundred ycaresagoe. Now they are without a God, and e.xpeft the ffft

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