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

Chapter 15. How they create a king in the land of the Sapes, and the ceremonies involved, and how they invest solateguis, who are the noblemen. [translated text],   pp. 14-22 and 23


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15.       In Serra Leoa there lives a kind of mlooy not found elsewhere
in Ouinea; they are called dars and have no tail, and if they were
not hairy it would be possible to declare that they were bueaz like
ourselves, for in(other Ampects there is little difference   They walk
on their feet, and so.e are so clever that if they happen to be
captured when young and are brought up in a house, they go to the river
to seek water and bring it back in a pot on their head. But their
temperament is such that, when one of them reaches the door of the
dwelling, it has quickly to be helped to take the pot from its head,
because if no help is forthcoming it throws it an the ground and begins
to bewail with great cries.  They pound foodstuffs in the blacks' ortars
like a human being. They are short and thick in body, with good legs p
and arm. They are fond of the conversation of young women, and if theyl
met any who have lost their way and are alone, they seise them and
carry them off with then, and give the mmany caresses in their fashion.
Thmre are many other animals of interest, both large and *sall, and many
birds of all kinds.
16.       These blacks are not as warlike as those of Rio Grande and    
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Wetwards . Most of them are cowards. The Libax and Jaluogas are
included ,who. to date the Sunbas have not been able to conquer entirely,
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because they have their dwellings underground, hidden away, and when
enemies advance against theam, being warned they bum their villages and $
assemble in the dwellings they have made (underground).  Then when the
euie"y fores are withdrawn, they emerge from the- underp   d dwlings
and strike their rearguard and in this way give them cause to mram.
The other Sapes are given to pleasures and the making of feasts, which
are held all the time, since the land has such abdance of everthing.
And formerly they neither used weapons nor practised with them like othjt
nations.
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