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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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After the Manes had settled in, the Sousos returned to Bena. The:
king sought assistance. Two chiefs, his vassals, came immediately to himW
with all their people, and so did Faritiggo. They fell upon the poor
Manes, who were even more seriously harmed by thirst, since the whole {I|
fruit of souls that was lost (at this stage) perished from this.    The
combats lasted two or three days and during this time poison played a
part in the battle, for the wretches who sought a draught of water in the-
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streams also gained a draught of death, being kil led by the various
poisons which the Sousos had thrown in upstream. Thus the lives of many
were cut short.   All the Manes would have remained there if it had not 
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been for the sympathy of an important lord, who was himself half Mane and
therefore related to them. He advised and begged them to withdraw that
night, otherwise, as the number of men and soldiers (opposing them) was on,
the increase, they would be completely wiped out. The Manes did not
hesitate, and took flight in the middle of the night.    The Sousos,
awakened by the noise and the tramping of the enemy, realised that the
Manes were in retreat. They attacked, capturing some and killing others.
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Xerebogo was a fat man and his feet had been skinned all over;    as he was
unable to move an inch himself, his men carried him on their backs until
they regained Mabengoma. This is enough about Bogo's (attempted) conquest
Now we shall discuss the troubles endured by Jomabaon, lord of
Caiambre, which he had left for another town of his.    He was a youth, and
Furgana, his vassal, governed the land.   The Sousos made their way there
to buy salt and cola.   Jomabis. fsicJ    people seized what a Souso had
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brought to exchange, and when the merchant asked for it they told him to
go to another place, and on his return he could bring a case.    He went
to
do business with Sempeboni, and laid a complaint at his town of Catimbile.
Sempeboni straightway ordered Jemab to see to it that the goods were given
to the merchant. He despised the Cassanes. Eventually the Sousos returned
(to Jomabts country), accompanied by the man who had been plundered, who
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reclaimed his goods. But he was ill-treated. He said that the money that'
is fiie  [garbled] so that they should see what they were doing : they
had to beat up the poor merchant. Jomab happened to have a large dog, liLk
one of our mastiffs, a sort which the Fulas bring there. He gave it the
name Ramu rarongosa... , which means in our language, "Mine is bitter,
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anyone else's tastes good", or (translated literally) "Yours (sic)
bitter
... ".  When the Sousos made their way there, they heard the name (being
called) /f.88/ and saw the dog run up, and were astonished.    Jomab was
hated,, (by them) and the hatred called forth such ingenuity that it only
took the change of one letter (of the name), the letter D, to bring a
thousand changes on the wretched Mane, the severest of which was that he


 


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