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

Chapter 1. Which discusses the Jalofo blacks, who are the first (to be met in Guinea) and the nearest to us; and their customs and laws. [translated text],   pp. 4-17


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has returned to its course they sow their crops where the floods have been.
And because of the vapours and the damp, the seeds soon turn into ripe
crops and give food; of this, there is no doubt.
25.      When the Fulos from the interior see one of our people, they are
astonished at his being white, even though they are not blacks. themselves.
note p.3    Among the Jalofos there is a custom that is not mentioned
in any of the chapters, which is to practice a form of duel
called guibapida, in which the combatants stand still and
use only one dagger, each resisting the blow of the other.
Taking the dagger, the first one strikes the other, (then)
gives him the dagger so that he may strike back with it.
In this way they may Idll each other, but som.etimes those who
do this avoid death. The Barbacins have the slme practice.


 


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