A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 07 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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Queta Permal, king of Jafnapatam, was raised to the throne, on which he assumed the name or title of Bocnegaboa, or king by force of arms, having overcome his brother, who was king of the four corlas.  His son, Caypura Pandar, succeeded, but was defeated and slain by the king of the four Corlas, who mounted the throne, and took the name of Jauira Pracura Magabo.  These two kings were of the royal lineage, and had received their dominions from king Maha Pracura.  After Jauira, his son Drama Pracura Magabo succeeded, who reigned when Vasco de Gama discovered the route by sea to India.  Afterwards, about the year 1500, the empire of Ceylon was divided by three brothers, into three separate kingdoms. Bocnegababo Pandar had Cota; Reigam Pandar had Reigam; and Madure Pandar had Cheitavaca.

In the district of Dinavaca in the centre of the island, there is a prodigiously high mountain called the Peak of Adam, as some have conceived that our first parents lived there, and that the print of a foot, still to be seen on a rock on its summit, is his.  The natives call this Amala Saripadi, or the mountain of the footstep.  Some springs running down this mountain form a pool at the bottom, in which pilgrims wash themselves, believing that it purifies them from sin.  The rock or stone on the top resembles a tomb-stone, and the print of the foot seems not artificial, but as if it had been made in the same manner as when a person treads upon wet clay, on which account it is esteemed miraculous.  Pilgrims of all sorts resort thither from all the surrounding countries, even from Persia and China; and having purified themselves by washing in the pool below, they go to the top of the mountain, near which hangs a bell, which they strike, and consider its sound as a symbol of their having been purified; as if any other bell, on being struck, would not sound.  According to the natives, Drama Rajah, the son of an ancient king of the island, having done penance on the mountain along with many disciples, and being about to go away, left the print of his foot on the rock as a memorial.  It is therefore respected as the relic of a saint, and their common name for this person is Budam, which signifies the wise man.  Some believe this saint to have been St Jesaphat, but it was more likely St Thomas, who has left many memorials in the east, and even in the west, both in Brasil and Paraguay.

The natural woods of Ceylon are like the most curious orchards and gardens of Europe, producing citrons, lemons, and many other kinds of delicious fruit.  It abounds in cinnamon, cardamums, sugar-canes, honey, and hemp.  It produces iron, of which the best firelocks in the east are made.  It abounds in precious stones, as rubies, sapphires, cats-eyes, topazes, chrysolites, amythests, and berils.  It has many civet-cats, and produces, the noblest elephants in all the east.  Its rivers and shores abound in a variety of excellent fish, and it has many excellent ports fit for the largest ships.

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