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Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone (c. 1615)


Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583; et al.
Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone (c. 1615)
[Liverpool, England]: Dept. of History, University of Liverpool, 1990
1 volume (various pagings) ; 21 x 30 cm.

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[Front cover] Manuel Álvares: Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone (c.1615)

[Title page] An interim translation of Manuel Álvares S.J., 'Etiópia Menor e descripção géografica da Província da Serra Leoa' (c.1615)

Introduction, pp. 1-7 ff.

Contents: Ethiopia Minor, pp. 9-11 ff.

Dedication to the very Reverend Father Claudio Aquaviva, Préposito General of the Society of Jesus

Prologue to the reader

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

Chapter 2: The Kingdom of Jagau and the Grand Borçalo: the character of the land and people, pp. [unnumbered]-4

Chapter 3: The lands peopled by the Mandingas and Sonequei, pp. 1-12 ff.

Chapter 4: The town of Cacheu, a place of treasure, and the condition of its population, pp. 1-8

Chapter 5: The trade of this port and the characters of the settlers there and of the heathen who surround them, pp. 1-8

Chapter 6: The port of Bichangor, its site and the fertility of the land, and the heathen of the district, pp. 1-5

Chapter 7: Aptitudes of these heathen, and their superstitious rites and ceremonies, pp. 1-14

Chapter 8: The renowned Island of Bussis, the character and organisation of its people, the richness of the land, and the royal state of its great king, pp. 1-9

Chapter 9: The famous islands of the Bijagos heathen, the fertility of their soil, and the character and industry of their inhabitants, pp. 1-6

Chapter 10: The way of life of these heathen and their customs, also a discussion of their superstitions and idolatry, pp. [unnumbered]-3

Chapter 11: The Island of Bissau and the nature and characteristics of its inhabitants, pp. 1-6 ff.

Chapter 12: The Balanta

Chapter 13: The Biafar heathen, pp. 1-6 ff.

Part two: The Province of Sierra Leone, chapter 1: the name, situation and bounds of this province and the nature of the land, pp. 1-18

Chapter 2: About the character of the heathen that live in this province, so various in name and language, pp. 1-11

Chapter 3: The public institutions of the heathen, including their laws and legal arrangements, and the deficiencies of these, pp. 1-6

Chapter 4: The domestic institutions of the heathen, their lifestyle and customs, pp. 1-4

Chapter 5: The little attention these heathen give to the true faith and their limited understanding of it: the variety of their idols and their peculiar superstitions, pp. 1-13

Chapter 6: The idol and oracle of Benle and Togma, and the nature of this superstition, pp. 1-4

Chapter 7: The offerings of these heathen, and the society of Menas, pp. 1-4

Chapter 8: Circumcision and various other ceremonies of the heathen, and their wakes and funeral rites, pp. 1-8 ff.

Chapter 9: The state of the province before the conquest, pp. 1-6

Chapter 10: The origins of the Manes, the fertility of the land, and the character of these heathen, pp. 1-9

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

Chapter 12: About the government of the heathen, the elevation of their king, and their war medicines, pp. 1-5

Chapter 13: Reasons for the impact of this army of Manes, its marching order and its ceremonial, pp. 1-6

Chapter 14: How the savage army attacked the Congo and what happened thereafter, up to the time that the Province of Serra Leoa was conquered, pp. 1-3

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

Chapter 16: The arrival of the Manes in East India and how their army was routed, pp. [unnumbered]-2

Chapter 17: The state of the province after the conquest, and how the members of the Society of Jesus entered the province, pp. 1-3

Chapter 18: The apostle catechises the king and instructs him in the matters of our holy faith

Chapter 21: The origin of the idols and various forms of idolatry, pp. 1-2

Chapter 23: Superstition and the aspects of this false devotion, pp. 1-5

Chapter 24: Maleficium and its forms, and a brief note on the power of evil spirits, pp. 1-6

Chapter 25: The state of Christianity in the Serra, pp. 1-10

Chapter 26: Discussion of the progress of Christianity and the most remarkable events connected with it, pp. 1-29

Annual report for 1613: for the provincial of the Society of Jesus, pp. [unnumbered]-19

Of the Province of the Sousos: single chapter, pp. 1-8 ff.

Single chapter: of the journey of Father Baltasar Barreira to this pronvince, and particularly to the Kingdom of Bena, pp. [unnumbered]-6

Single chapter: the various ceremonies pertaining to public order among the Manes, Calus, Bagas and the other kinds of heathen in this district, pp. 1-5 ff.

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