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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Chapter 11: The numbers of the heathen, and their various names and languages,   pp. 1-4

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of the greatest importance to Ethiopia.   This practice is detested by al
sections of the heathen, and it is because of the natural detestation it
arouses that the Sumbas keep it as it were buried, and keep various other
( ? practices).  Here they are called Manis, but in other parts (of Afriul:
Jacas, as I will explain in due course.                                 rijl
Tora loved the Portuguese much. He had entrusted his famous Island '
of Caracore, today the Island of St. Peter, to a native governor.    This
man dishonoured the servant-girl of a certain Portuguese.     When Tora
learnt of this, he called the governor and asked him why he had ill-trea
a possession of his guests.   The poor governor let slip these words withi
thinking : "These Sumbas always have to show they are our masterst "
reached Tora, who concealed his feelings, but called his grandees and
prepared a banquet, during which he purposed to kill ( ? and eat) the
governor. (But) the guests pleaded so strongly that he spared the man's
life, and he wtas deprived only of his post and his liberty, as the penalty
for his offece.    Yet however much they deprecate the custom nominally,
however muich they try to convince us of this, they retain the evil pract:II
of (cannibal) feasting. And those who have lost the habit have done so le!
through their own moral will than out of shame, the shame having develop~t~
as a result of their commercial contacts with the Portuguese.
The Randacousas   )are especially partial to this dish (of human fleshl
and in order to obtain it they penetrate into the forest to attack thosei

who go there to work, for instance, to cut down palmnuts. If anyone diealJ
without an heir, they dig him up to eat him, stinking though the body may
be. They fight with spears and always travel in the vanguard, being
supplanted only when the war-fences have been erected ( ? ) /f. Si/

(c) Randacousas. Also the Casses.

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