The Portuguese Expedition to Abyssinia in 1541-1543 as Narrated by Castanhoso

The Portuguese Expedition to Abyssinia in 1541-1543 as Narrated by Castanhoso

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...artillery, and make powder." house.1 He came out with a large wooden2 cross in his hands, and many friars in procession with him, with numerous trumpets, kettledrums, and other instruments of their fashion, and a large banner borne by one of the chief lords of his kingdom, called Azaye Degalao,3 with many people following in procession; they marched round the church, and returned to his house with no more ceremony. All that night they made everywhere large fires, such as we make on St. John's night; they lighted them chiefly in front of and around the Preste's palace, who was inside watching all through a window: for it is his custom to see all and not be seen himself. All the chief lords visit him on this night, with a parade of their estate and worth.4 Each by himself parades around the Preste's house, they on horseback and their followers on foot, with many lighted torches; and he who has the most show is esteemed highest in rank. After the lords come the rest of the people, in bodies of two hundred, in no special order; all these with torches in their hands. When the men had ended, the women came in a body, singing many songs of several sorts,5 with instruments, and all with large wax tapers and 1 See Bruce, Bk. v, chap xi. In Bruce's time, the custom had been somewhat relaxed, even then the King covered his face during audiences and on public occasions; also, when deliveringjudgment in treason cases, he sat on a balcony, and spoke through a hole in it to an officer called " The King's Voice." See, too, Alvarez, p. 202. In that case the mouth and beard were covered. ' Correa (vol. iv, p. 394) says, " golden cross." 1 B, Acaje Degulam. Degalham was uncle by marriage to Galawdewos; his wife was Amata Waten, sister of Lebna Dengel. He played more

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  • English
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  • 9781236680044