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In fome countrys of Peru, fays the inca Gar-. cilasfo de la Vega, they were fuch great loveërs of mans flesh, that, when they were kiling an Indian, they would fuck his blood at the wound they had giveën him; and when they quarter'd his, `body, they would lick their fingers, that not one drop of blood should be wasteed: in their fhambles they commonly fold mens bodys, makeing faufagees of their guts, ftuffing them with flesh, that nothing might be loft. Peter of Çieça, he ads, in the 26th chapter of his book, declares fo much, and affirms that he faw it with his own eyes; and that fo far their gluttony provoke'd them that they did not spare thofe very children which they begot upon thofe women whom they had takeën captives in the war; but breeding them with fuch care and diet as might make them fit, fo foon as they came to be twelve years of age, and that they were plump and tender, they drefs'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 Rusfell, efquire, folicitor to The board of trade, that a gentleman, who had been at Sumatra, asfure'd him that he had there feen this fort of flesh-market.

with intent to eat them, "AS WE DO LAMBS



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

The Chirihuanas, a nation of Peru, long'd fo much for human flefh, "that when they furprise'd

Royal commentaries of Peru, p. 8, 9. And fee P. de Ciezas Travels, pp. 30, 33, 41, C. 20, p. 53. "When we discover'd thofe countries," fays the latter, "we found fuch numbers of heads of Indians before the doors of the prime men, that they look'd as if fhambles of human flesh had been kept before each of them." P. 34. The following anecdote is curious: "About 25 or 30 [Spanish] foldiers, going abroad a marauding, or, to speak plain, to fteal what they could find, lighted on fome people that fled, for fear of being feen and takeën by us. There they found a great pot, full of boil'd meat, and their hunger was fo great, that they thought of nothing but eating; but when they were wel fatisfy'd, one of them pull'd out a hand, with all its fingers and nails; befides 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 fomachs turn'd at the fight of the hands and fingers; BUT IT PASS'D OVER WITH THEM, AND THEY RETURN'D SATISFY'D, HAVEING GON OUT HUNGERY." (P.43.)

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 fhepherds.* A dispofition, it is possible, they retain to this day, as the Spaniards ineffectually attempted to fubdue them; and fo rooted does it appear to have been that the author exprefsly declares that nothing lefs than a miracle would reclaim them. †

The Guaicureans, a people of Paraguay, before they were civilife'd by the misfionarys, would not allow their women to paint til they had tafteëd human flesh; and, therefor, when they kil'd enemys, would divide them among the young ladys, or give them the corpfe of their own dead.‡

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, Royal commentaries, p. 279.

† Idem, ibi. De la Vega is an honest and a sensible writeër, and of the first authority. Some of the Peruvians, he tels us, ufe'd to eat their parents alive; and his description of the Anthropophaginian feafts of the natives of Antis is too horrible to repeat. That there are ftil cannibals in the inland country, see Condamines Voyage, p. 42.


+ Woodes Rogerses Voyage round the world, 1712, p. 99. HC. Cookes Voyage to the South-fea, 1712, II, 17.


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 thofe of the Sandwich-ilands, and Nootka-found, are fo ftil.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, fo that being come into his iland, after he had kept him fafting four or five days, he produce'd him upon fome day of folemn debauch, to ferve 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 tafteëd of all the nations that frequented them, and affirm'd that the French were the most delicate, and the Spaniards of hardeft digestion. They are now nearly extirpateëd by the Christians. †

ilanders of Java were cannibals in Le Blancs time, and fo were the Brafilians.

*Voyage to the Pacifick ocean, II, 44, 169.

† Ibi, II, 209, 210, 271.

History of the Caribby-islands, 1666, p. 326. The cu

The North-American Indians, though not cannibals at prefent, appear, from strong circumfanceës, to have been fo at no very distant period. They ftil, however, drink the blood, and even occafionally eat the hearts of their prifoners:* The Indians of Pozo, much the braveëft of all the natives of Peru, were fuch loveërs of human

flesh that Cieza "one day faw them devour

above an hundred Indian men and women they

had kil'd and taken in war."+ The Indians of

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rious reader, from the next page but one, may become ac quainted with their methods of cookry. See allfo Edwardses History of the W. Indies, I, 31. When the Spaniards first landed in Guadalupe, an iland of the cannibals," they founde in theyr kytchens mans flefhe, 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 referve to make heades for theyr arrowes; the other bones they caft away when they have eaten the fleshe. They founde, lykewyfe, 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 referv'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 fouthern Indians, a race in the neighbourhood of Hudsons bay, that when any of their tribe have been driveën to the necessity of eating human flesh, they become fo fond of it that no person is safe in their company. Hearnes Journey, p. 34.)

+ C. 21, p. 56.

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