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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)

Ethiopia Minor: a geographical description of the Province and Kingdom of the Jalofo Heathon, part I, chapter I: the location and fertility of the land, and the nature and occupations of its inhabitants,   pp. [unnumbered]-14 ff.


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(h)                     ot   and
to those of the Portuguese nation,      which the men are not;   and
the women so exceed the men in this respect that it is by the women'
specific warnings that the Portuguese (often) escape great
misfortunes. The women generally take more care of themselves and
dress better, with more style, and at greater expense, than do all
the other women in these parts of Ethiopia.     This is particularly
true of the women who live in the kingdom of Lambaia, to whose king
the two ports of Cape Verde and Ale belong.    In entertaining guests
the Jalofo has much to learn, for though he places all his confidenc
in outward show he is so curt in behaviour that there is no heathen
in whose /f.5*/ house the guest suffers more than in his. In their
eating habits they are especially nasty, and it often happens that
the tableware, consistingbtither ei a wooden bowl here called a
tagarrapor a gourd, is used at a meal without having been washed;
(also) master and slave eat together.
When two equals meet, the mode of salutation is for them to
touch the ground with their hand and then, after bringing it up, to
touch the head with it.   If they are of different standing, the olde
takes the right hand of the younger and sniffs it twice.(i)      The
(h) Jalofo woman, kindly natured, loving to all, "propter retributi.
(i) Jalofo polite habits. The Jalofo woman lies down with her body
on the ground, her eyes looking down, clapping her palms instean
of (? saying) peace.   She greets more noble persons from a
distance with much courtesy. On leaving, all shake hands as a
salutation, saying "Alama sole vitola. Alame dia la Alame cant;
meaning, "God be with you on the way".    Ordinary men and women
greet each othertsquatting and sniffing each other's hands.     Th
king does not employ women at table, he is served by men.     His
tablecoths are ot ox-hide.   The king is treated respectfully an,
with great courtesy.   Those who come to visit him, if peasants,
take off their shirts and cover their head or face wiith earth,
etc.as a sign of respect.    When the king gives the order they
get up.  This is generally the practice whenever one enters
any place wiere the king is.,


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