An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon in the East Indies eBook

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Of their Fruits and Trees.

Great Variety of Fruits and delicious.  The best Fruits where ever they grow reserved for the Kings use.  Betel-Nuts, The Trees, The Fruit, The Leaves, The Skins, and their use.  The Wood.  The Profit the Fruit yields.  Jacks, another choyce Fruit.  Jambo another.  Other Fruits found in the Woods.  Fruits common with other Parts of India.  The Tallipot; the rare use of the Leaf.  The Pith good to eat.  The Kettule.  Yields a delicious juice.  The Skin bears strings as strong as Wyer.  The Wood; its Nature and Use.  The Cinnamon Tree.  The Bark, The Wood, The Leaf, The Fruit.  The Orula.  The Fruit good for Physic and Dying.  Water made of it will brighten rusty Iron, and serve instead of Ink.  The Dounekaia.  The Capita.  Rattans.  Their Fruit.  Canes.  The Betel tree.  The Bo-gauhah or God-Tree.


Of their Plants, Herbs, Flowers.

Roots for Food, The manner of their growing.  Boyling Herbs, Fruits for Sawce.  European Herbs and Plants among them.  Herbs for Medicine.  Their Flowers, A Flower that serves instead of a Dyal, called Sindric-mal.  Picha-mais, Hop-inals.

Chap.  VI.

Of their Beasts Tame and Wild.  Insects.

What Beasts the Country produceth.  Deer no bigger than Hares.  Other Creatures rare in their kind.  The way how a wild Deer was catched for the King.  Of their Elephants.  The way of catching Elephants.  Their understanding.  Their Nature.  The dammage they do.  Serve the King for executing his Malefactors.  Their Disease.  The Sport they make.  Ants of divers sorts.  How one sort of them, called Coddias, came to sting so terribly.  These Ants very mischievous.  The curious Buildings of the Vaeos, another kind of them.  The manner of their death.  Bees of several kinds.  Some build on Trees like Birds.  The people eat the Bees, as well as their Honey.  Leaches, that ly in the grass, and creep on Travaylers Legs.  The Remedies they use against them.  Apes and Monkeys of divers kinds.  How they catch Wild Beasts.  How they take the Wild Boar.


Of their Birds, Fish, Serpents, and Commodities.

Their Birds.  Such as will be taught to speak.  Such as are beautiful for Colour.  A strange Bird.  Water-Fowls resembling Ducks and Swans.  Peacocks.  The King keeps Fowl.  Their Fish, How they catch them in Ponds, And how in Rivers.  Fish kept and fed for the King’s Pleasure.  Serpents.  The Pimberah of a prodigious bigness.  The Polonga.  The Noya.  The Fable of the Noya ana Polonga.  The Carowala.  Gerendo.  Hickanella.  Democulo, a great Spider.  Kobbera-guson, a Creature like an Aligator.  Tolla-guion.  The people eat Rats.  Precoius Stones, Minerals, and other Commodities.  The People discouraged from Industry by the Tyranny they are under.


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