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in India, except at St. Thomas's, 363 ; the seed of which he got from Paradise. What was the forbidden fruit ? discussion thereon, 364-5.
Concerning the clothing of our first parents. Coats of skins ;" the real
reading expounded, 366 ; camel cloth and camail cloth ; camels ; Arabs ; elephants, 367 ; how he rode on one, and his conclusions.
Concerning the food of our first parents.—Adam's proceedings in Ceylon, 367; the native (Buddhist) monks ; their virtues and habits ; trees which they worship ; the text Dominus regnabit a ligno, 368 ; habits of the monks continued. . . . Cain's proceedings, 369 ; his city in Ceylon ; his death.
. Adam's mourning ; Hebron, where he died, 370. Enoch, the
founder of religious orders ; the sons of Cain in Ceylon (the Veddahs) ; Ararat, 371. . . . The division of the earth among the sons of Noah, 371; Asia the Great ; the White Sea (note) ; Uzbek, Cathay, the Indies, Ethiopia, 372 ; Shares of Cham and Japhet. . . . Elam, the progenitor of the Alans, 373 ; great qualities of that people. The three kingdoms of India-1st. Manzi, with its cities, its great port of Cynkalan (Canton) ; 2nd. Mynibar (Malabar) and its port of Cynkali (Cranganor) ; the canine philosophers, 374 ; Columbum ; 3rd. Maabar, where is the church of St. Thomas. Legend of the great log ; and of St. Thomas's martyrdom, 375 ; miracles on the spot, 376 (note, Legends of St. Thomas); grants made to St. Thomas, 377. . . . Monstrous creatures discussed, 378 ; St. Augustine's opinion, 379 ; six-fingered people ; hairy girl; other monsters, 380; exceptions, and not constituting species ; never could hear of such from anybody in his travels ; origin of the story of the Sciapodce, 381 ; the chatyr, or umbrella.
Anecdote concerning a certain Indian who was baptised.—At Columbum
a majestic and venerable Brahman appears seeking baptism, 381 ; his extraordinary story, 382 ; is instructed for three. months and baptised. The country of the Queen of Saba, 383. Monsters again ; giants ; wild men in India and their dumb trading. Monstrous serpents, 384; animals with human faces; the cloister garden of Campsay (vide Odoric, p. 119) ; the pagan monks and their austerities ; how he disproved the allegations about the animals in the cloister garden. Antipodes not conceivable, 385 ;
two fourth parts of the world not navigable ; a hermaphrodite. . . .
The Plain of Senaar, 385 ; the Tower of Babel described, 386.
Concerning the division of tongues, 387 ; failure to build other towers ;
what drove the Soldan into Egypt. . . . Etymologies of Babel and Bagdad (Baghdad), 388. The Jews, Tartars, Saracens, and Oriental Christians look on the Catholics as the worst of idolaters, 388; the story of Semiramis and her daughter Saba, and the island so called, 389; whether tithes should of necessity be imposed, 389; anecdotes in illustration, 390. . . . The use of gold knives by the surgeons in Cathay, 390. . . The Queen of Saba and her island, 391; the great mountain there called Mount Gybeit, or the Blessed Mountain, where Elias was hidden; the spring of Elias, 391; unable to ascend the mountain owing to his dysentery; cured by the Queen of Saba's doctress; how he was honoured by the Queen, and the presents she made him ; and how liberally the legate conducted himself. . . . Mahomed's address to Mary,