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THE EAST AFRICAN
wild animals, and rice. They have many horses of a small breed, and much fruit of various qualities. The men are great hunters and sportsmen. In the interior of the country towards China, there is another kingdom of Gentiles which is in obedience to him, (the King of Siam) and there, when a relation or a friend dies, they eat him roasted before a great fire in the middle of a field, where they set up three poles stuck in the earth, and between them a chain with two hooks of iron, and they bring the body of the man who has died of illness or of any other death, and they hang him up there by the hams, roasting him, and his children and relations are there bewailing him, and after he is well roasted they take wine in cups, and they have knives with which they all cut from the body and eat of it, weeping all the while, and they drink their wine ; and the nearest relations begin first to eat, and in this manner they finish eating him, and leave only the bones, which they burn afterwards ; and they say that they give such a burial to their relations on account of their being of their own flesh, and that they cannot be any where better buried than in their bodies.1 And in all the kingdom of Ansyam they burn the dead bodies, because that is the custom of all the Gentile countries.
KINGDOM AND CITY OF MALACCA.
The said kingdom of Ansyane throws out a great point of land into the sea,2 which makes there a cape, where the
1 a V6 nos remotes montes outras gentes
Que Gueos se ehameo de selvages vidas ;
Humana came comem, mas a sua Pintao com ferro ardente, usanga crua.a
Lusiade, stanza 126.
2 a Mas na ponta da tierra Gingapura
Veres, onde o caminho ks naos se estreyta,
Be aqui tomando a costa h Cynosura Se encurva, e para a Aurora se endereyta.
Yes Pam, Patkne reynos, e alongura De Syao, que estes, e outros mays sogeyta.
Olha o rio Menao, que se derrama Do grande lago, que Chiamay se chama.a
Lusiade, x, stanza 125.Lusiade, x, stanza 125.