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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 7: The offerings of these heathen, and the society of Menas,   pp. 1-4


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After handing them over, the Superior returns to his own home.    T     
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all pay him very generously, and they thank him for his instruction.
Thereafter, these worldly nuas respect him, and throw themselves at his
feet and kiss them. The girls leave the school with new names, in the 11
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same way as we give new names at confirmation, and anyone who refers to
them by their old names incurs severe penalties. Their new status gives
them licence to carry out vice, but they must not do this in the forest,
or in a room without a fire; and they are very particular     about this.
If they happen to break the rule, and then fall sick and die, it is said
that this is the reason.   When one of them dies, she is buried by the  
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diabolical sisterhood.   If in ignorance any man happens to pass by the
'monastery' during the ceremony, and falls into their hands, they
emasculate him. This almost happened to Joao Loucao, who by chance went
that way, but as he was known to Farma the Great, King of the Logos, andjElil,
was a good friend of all his people, they spared him.    1. ow/         
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