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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)
(1990)

Chapter 15: The campaign of some of the Manes against the Sousos and what happened during it,   pp. 1-7


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Chapter 15
The campaign of some of the Manes against the Sousos and what
happened during it
Farma greatly desired to penetrate into these kingdoms. When he had
conquered them, all this meant little to the swollen heart of the savage,
on whom weighed the conquest of the hinterland. His captains nevertheless
attempted to conquer the Limbas, but were not able to gain the desired
victory over them. This came about because of the support of a pagan
Souso, their neighbour, which was of considerable importance to the Limbas.
Because he was very powerful, this made a great difference to them; and in
recognition of the benefit received and to repay him, they became his
tributaries. Although Farma did not gain the upper hand in this campaign,
he did not lose heart and several times renewed the attack. But he was
always driven off and chased away by the savages. When they got close t-
him, they marvelled at the way he could make himself invisible, for the
devil gave him the appearance of a tree-trunk or some other object.
So much for Farma's role. Now let us speak of Xerebogo and his brother
Bolo. After they had become masters of Mabengoma they discussed the
conquest of the Sousos.  A decision was taken and their army marched as far
as Bena. Massacander, the king (of Bena), was at this time occupied with
the circumcision of his daughters. The gluttony of these heathen lacks no
degree of preparation and all their solemn occasions turn into celebrations
of this bogus virtue. (But) the Manes, who are (themselves) voracious, had
the advantage here, for when the Sousos saw them they fled from the town,
so great was the terror the fame of the Manes' cruelty had spread through-
out all these Provinces, the fame that they had tails (i.e. were devils),
because of the            of fire in their mouths, that is, the (red) cola
(they sucked); and with (more) reason, that they were cannibals. It
seemed to the Sousos that they would be torn to pieces, and they did not
halt until they found themselves in Lambare. Meanwhile the Manes became
masters of the feast in Bena, and of the royal. palace, where they were
amazed at the skill of the subjects in raising stock and at the abundance
of foodstuffs. After the Manes had supped the refreshments and inspected
the loot they had been able to seize, they settled down and established
a /f.87v/ camp about a league outside the town. Here they built a strong
stockade next to a stream, and then set to work to bring the water within
the stockade. But Xereb-olo; the brother (of Xerebogo), hindered them by
his loud talk, promising himself the victory. A proud heart considers
itself master of everything.


 


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