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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 15: The campaign of some of the Manes against the Sousos and what happened during it,   pp. 1-7

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was changed from life (to death). It so happened that nothing was of
more concern to Jomab than to humble Calamatamba ( , a prince of the
Sousos).  At this period of time, Calamatamba (also) bore the name of
'Damul. So Jomab calls his dog Ramu, and his enemies change the R into
a D (when they tell the story on their return to Susuland). What followed?
Massancander (, the Souso king,) attacked the poor Mane (Jomab) in order
defend the honour of Damu, the prince and heir-apparent to the kingdom, who
has today inherited it on the death of his uncle. Massancander attacked
with such fury that he overwhelmed the town and its people, his men
shooting so fiercely that the arrows touched each other as they passed
through the air.
But a man of spirit with a generous heart is not overcome easily.
At first Jomab made a great slaughter of his enemies, so shattering their
courage that they lost confidence in their capacity to gain the victory
over the savage, and they wanted to abandon the contest. (But) Massacander
would not a,8rec to this, being overcome by passion at the thought of the
disrespect shown to his nephew. He was furious and said that his army had
never previously proposed such a thing in his presence, and now he must
risk his own life in the battle, adding that if he lost it there, the
victory would be considered even more his own. To die for honour's sake
is compelling, because the only persons who can live without Honour are
those who have never had or understood honour. Then he prepared a new
strategem. He ordered blacksmiths and axes to be assembled, the black-
smiths so that arrowheads could be heated and made red-hot, which when
shot into Jomab's town set it on fire; and the axes so that other soldiers
could then seize them and set about breaking down the stockade. Iron and
fire did their work, and Jomab alone escaped from all the destruction. He
sallied out armed, after slaying his wives, and disappeared from the eyes
of all.  Full of despair, he sought refuge in the deepest thickets of a
forest where melancholy triumphed over him. In this solitary place this
state of mind gained the victory over the generous heart of Jomab, whom
no force of arms had been able to subdue. The Sousos found him there,
dead, some days after the defeat of his forces.
To complete the chapter and to conclude what happened to Xerebogo,
there is no need to conceal the extent to which the Mane army penetrated
into the lands of the Sousos.   The point it reached was Mount Tosadam,
which belongs to the Fariboro, Manga Bauri. Up to this point the heathen
abandoned their towns for fear of the army of savages. The Manes estab-
lished their camp in order to /f.88v/ fight the multitude of different
peoples which assembled here, peoples who came from the coast as well as


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