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In some countrys of Peru, says the inca Gar-, cilasso de la Vega, they were such great loveërs, of mans flesh, tha!, when they were kiling an Indian, they would fuck his blood at the wound, they had givęën him; and when they quarter'd his 'body, they would Ick their fingers, that not one drop of blood should be wasteëd : in their ham. bles they commonly sold mens bodys, makeing sausageës of their guts, stuff ing them with flesh, that nothing might be loit. Peter of Çieça, he ads, in the 26th chapter of his book, declares fo much, and affirms that he saw it with his own eyes ; and that so far their gluttony provoke’d them that they did not spare those very children which they begot upon those women whom they had takeën captives in the war; but breeding them with such care and diet as might make them fit, so soon as they came to be twelve years of age, and that they were plump and tender, they dress'd them for their table, and devour'd them with their mothers. ... Moreover to those men whom they took in the war they gave women, and their breed they nourish'd and faten'd,

of Great Drewin.” The compileër of this book was inform’d, by the late Francis Russell, esquire, solicitor to The board of trade, that a gentleman, who had been at Sumatra, assure'd him that he had there seen this fort of feb-market.

with intent to eat them, AS WE DO LAMBS AND CALVES.

The Pattcurans used to shut up their prisoner's in coops and pens, ordering them to be wel fed, and, 'when fat, took them out, on festivals, to an open place before their houseës, where, being first stun'd by a blow on the neck, they were kild and devour'd. Of this Cieza had been an eye-witness.

The Chirihuanas, a nation of Peru, long d so much for human flesh," that when they surprised at any time shepherds keeping their flocks of sheep, or herdsmen watching their cattel, they would forfake and neglect the herds and droves, to take and devour the flesh of the shepherds. A disposition, it is possible, they retain to this day, as the Spaniards ineffectually attempted to subdue them; and !o rooted does it appear to have been that the author expressly declares that nothing less than a miracle would reclaim them. +


* Royal commentaries of Peru, p. 8, 9. And see P. de Ciezas Travels, pp. 30, 33, 41, C. 20, p. 53.

'cr When we dis. cover'd those countries," says the latter, c'we found such numbers of heads of Indians before the doors of the prime men, 'that they look'd as if shambles of human fesh had been kept before each of them." P. 34. The following anecdote is curious: “ About 25 or 30 [Spanish] soldiers, going abroad a marauding, or, to speak plain, to steal what they could find, lighted on some people that fled, for fear of being seen and takeën by us. There they found a great pot, full of boil'd meat, and their hunger was so great, that they thought of no. thing but eating; but when they were wel fatisfy'd, one of them pull’d out a hand, with all its fingers and nails ; besides which they afterwards discover'd pieces of feet, of two or three quarters of men that were in it. The Spaniards, beholding that fpectacle, were forry they had eaten of the meat, and their stomachs turn'd at the right of the hands and fingers ; BUT IT PASS'D OVER WITH THEM, AND THEY RETURN'D SATISFY'D, HAVEING GON OUT HUNGERY.” (P.43.)

The Guaicureans, a people of Paraguay, before they were civilise'd by the missionarys, would not allow their women to paint til they had tasteëd human flesh; and, therefor, when they kild enemys, would divide them among the young ladys, or give them the corpse of their own dead. I

The favage Indians of the Ladrone ilands are fay'd to eat white men, if they can take them, and drink their blood, devouring all they catch raw.||


* De la Vega, Poyal commentaries, p. 279.

Idcm, ibi. De la Vega is an honest and a sensible writeër, and of the first authority. Some of the Peruvians, he tels us, ue’d to eat their parents alive; and his description of the Anthropophaginian feasts of the natives of Antis is too horrible to repeat. That there are stil cannibals in the inland country, fee Condamines Voyage, p. 42,

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The natives of New Zealand and Feetee, as we learn from captain James Cook, eat those they take or kil in battle. The people of the Society-iles appear to have been formerly cannibals,* and those of the Sandwich-ilands, and Nootka-found, are so stil.t

When the Caribbians brought home a prifoner of war from among the Arouagues, he belong'd of right to him who either seize'd on him in the fight, or took him runing away, so that being come into his iland, after he had kept him fasting four or five days, he produce'd him upon some day of folemn debauch, to serve for a publick victim to the immortal hatred of his countrymen toward that nation. If there were any of their enemys dead upon the place, there they ate them ere they left it. They had heretofore tasteëd of all the nations that frequented them, and affirm'd that the French were the most delicate, and the Spaniards of hardest digestion. They are now nearly extirpateëd by the Christians.

ilanders of Java were cannibals in Le Blancs time, and so were the Brasilians.

Voyage to the Pacifick ocean, II, 44, 169. + Ibi, II, 209, 210, 271. 1 History of the Caribby-islands, 1666, p. 326. The cus

The North-American Indians, though notcannibals at present, appear, from strong circumfanceës, to bave been so at no very distant period. They stil, however, drink the blood, and even occasionally eat the hearts of their prisoners.*

The Indians of Pozo, much the braveëst of all the natives of Peru, were fuch: loveërs of human flesh that Cieza “ one day saw them devour above an hundred Indian men and women they had kil'd-and taken in war."+ The Indians of

Tious reader, from the next page but one, may become acquainted with their methods of cookry. See allfo Edwardses History of the IV. Indies, I, 31. When the Spaniards first landed in Guadalupe, an iland of the cannibals, “ they founde in theyr kytchens mans fleshe, duckes fleshe, and goose fleshe, al in one pot, and other on the spyts, ready to be layde to the fyre. Entring into their inner lodgynges, they founde faggottes of the bones of mens armes,and legges, which they teserve to make heades for theyr arrowes; the other bones they cast away when they have eaten the fleshe. They founde, lý kewyse, the head of a young man fastened to a pofte, and yet bleedyng. In theyr houses they founde allfo above thirtie children captives, which were reserv'd to be eaten." (Edens History of travaile, 1577, fo. 12, b.)

* See Carvers Travels; Longs Voyages, p. 77. It is *the general opinion of the southern Indians, a race in the neighbourhood of Hudsons bay, that when any of their tribe have been driveën to the neoessity of eating human flesh, they become so fond of it that no person is Safe in their company. (Hearnes Journey, p. 34.)

+ C. 21, p. 56.

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