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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 16: The arrival of the Manes in East India and how their army was routed,   pp. [unnumbered]-2


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battle, and wish to be promoted to knighthood by their commanders, they
cut off the dead man's genital organ and swallow it, and then vomit up
before their commanders. The commanders strike them on their helmet with
a sword, and in this way promote them; and they enjoy the most esteem in
the army. They dry out the penis, and display it in all the ceremonies
associated with their promotion, and in their marriage ceremonies, so
that it is virtually the mark and insignia of their knighthood. When they
die, it goes with them. Such are the Mosungulos. /f.91/


 


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