This nation has another most abominable custom; that when a man dies, his body is burned to ashes, and his living wife is burned along with him, that she may assist her husband in his trade or husbandry in the next world. Yet, if she have children by her husband, she may remain alive with them, if so inclined, without shame or reproach; yet most of them prefer to be burnt with the bodies of their husbands. But husbands are not influenced by any similar law, as when they lose their wives they may marry again. There are some other strange customs among the people of this country; insomuch, that the women drink wine, which the men do not; and the women shave their eyebrows, and eyelids, and their beards, besides many other filthy customs, contrary to the true decorum of the sex. From that country I travelled ten days journey to another kingdom called Moabar, in which there are many cities; and in a certain church of that country, the body of St Thomas the apostle lies buried; which church is full of idols, and round about it there are fifteen houses inhabited by Nestorian priests, who are bad Christians, and false schismatics.
 The names of these cities or towns, in the pepper
Malabar, which is called Minibar in the text, are so thoroughly
corrupted, that no conjectural criticism can discover them in our
modern maps. Hakluyt on the margin, corrects Flandrina, by an equally
unknown, Alandrina. They may possibly refer to places now fallen into
ruin, in the kingdom or province of Travancore, which has always been
a great mart of pepper.—E.
 Friar Oderic appears only to have observed the
in the southern part of India very superficially, if at all; and as
many opportunities will occur in the course of this collection, for
explaining the strange beliefs, customs, and ceremonies of the
braminical worship, it has not been thought necessary to discuss these
in notes on the present occasion.—E.