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

Chapter 2. Other customs of these Jalofos. [translated text],   pp. 18-25 and 26


Page 25 and 26

25.


a captain of ours, his friend, the king had cooked tripe served as a
treat, and inside the tripe was much dung. When the tripe was given
to the captain, he threw away the dung in disgust. The king told him
that it was stupid to have done what he did, that it was nothing (to
fuss about), it was only grass. Nevertheless, they much enjoy eating
meals prepared in our way, and our people when they go to visit them are
in the habit of taking with them food prepared in our way, which the
kings and nobles enjoy eating. And many of these, when we visit them,
give capons or meat to our slaves, so that they can prepare and cook
the food in our way, saying that their own slave-women do not know how
to cook food for whites. Some kings have slave-women who are very good
cooks, who cook and prepare food for the table excellently; but the
greater part of the blacks eat vilely. They prefer eating fish when
it is rotten or dried in smoke, and meat when it has maggots in it.
Hencesthey cook and eat/with the maggots.
26.
Variants in Chapter 2
p.l9  (2/3),  note  (f)   I   P reds ...bushes..,standing up to four
hand-spans high...


 


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