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Almada, André Alvares d', fl. 1594, et al. / Brief treatise on the rivers of Guinea
Part I (1984)

Chapter 13. Which discusses the Kingdoms of the Nalus, Bagas and Cocolins, and their customs. [translated text],   pp. 1-8


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$                  ~~~~~~Chapter 13
Which  Lscusses
L 5  ffiVdoms of the Nalus. Basa and Cocoliu. aWd their ctout.
1        After the headland of the Island of the Slaves is passed, th*land
of
the Malus begins. It possesses a little river, which ships of more than
60 tons cannot enter. The Nalus border the DBeafares of the land of Diseguo
on one flanks in the interior of Bisegue, and they stretch along this flank
as far as the two rum together inland. The Nhlu blacks, although close
neighbours of the Beafares, are very different from then in language, dress
and evetything else.  And they are almost savages. The men go about
without proper clothes. They wear a garment of skins in which they bear
their shameful parts. These are partly hidden, partly unconcealed, for
they place the penis beneath large straps which are fastened around it,
whieh the testicles hang outside, apparently so as not to squeese them.
They walk very stiffly in breeches of this sort. Their noses are pierced
from one nostril to the other, near the tip. They make many patterns on
their legs and neck, and the women on their faces. They are a wild people.
They too die quickly, although not as quickly as the Bejagos. They are
fearful when they see whites, but after they have got used to them, they
become well-behaved and useful. As yet we do not have the direct trade
with them we have with other peoples, for the slaves which come to us fron
the Nalus are exchanged by way of the Beafares of Bisogue and Balola, some
of the people in these districts trading with the Na1Us. The Nalus sell
slaves, beautiful  ats., and ivory, but only small tusks, because they
cannot transport the large ones.
2.       Many elephants are killed in this land. I hesitate to state the
way
in which the Nalus kill them since those who readi this will doubt it.
Still, they must do as they please, it is the truth, and this iblvhy I
repeat it.  These blacks, by JsOe means I do not understand, place the..
selves underneath the elephant, holding very long and wide spears. Froa
this position they strike the animal with their weapon, once, or as mawy


 


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