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

Chapter 16. Which discusses the Sumbas, called among themselves Manes; how they came, and the wars they made. [translated text],   pp. 24-31


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woman, and they swear that this was so. Be that as it my, as soon an
(thl reached the Serra, the rearguard of the arv  did not advance fnrth
towards it. I have no certain information whether it was a woman or noq
but I an told that this general who remained behind is called by then
Mestre. and that it is to this person and the other captains who regin*
with this person that they send mirefe. that is, royal dues.
8.       I myself hold that if these blacks had attacked the nations they
passed through with as mach force and fury as they attacked the Kingdoa
of the Sapes, nothing could have remained behind them. Bat, as has been
said, it seem that God allowed this nation of Sapes to be (especially)
chastised in this way. For the Manes depopulated many old towns, la s
waste everything, and when the Sapes saw that their burial-place wou    !
be (in the stomachs of) those same enemies they fought, they were utt¶a
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stupefied;  to the extent that with little trouble the enemy laid all   
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waste.
9.       These blacks did not leave their land with as large an army as
arrived here; on the way they built it up out of the other nations as
they passed through.
10.       They did it this way. In the places they took, the people they
brought with then im ediately ate the leading men, the kings, nobles ah.La
governors. From the rest of the population, they spared some of the yu
mn, whom they trained in their wayst and made them into good soldiers.
They were kept under the control of the Manes, those who do not eat hu
flesh and never have eaten it, and who pride thesselves on spaking in U"A
loud and proud voice. And the Manes had humsn flesh given as food
soldiers whom thus they led, who with time and practice became     sters
this art. As has been said, they ate those they took prisoner and those
they killed in the wars. And they disinterred the dead for the sae w
the gold they qound in the graves. It is a custom of the &pes, as
already said, to bery the dead with the golden jewelry they a, that
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