chapter  X
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Chapter X

CHAPTER X FIFTEEN days after leaving Sunarkawan we reached the country of the Barahnakar, whose mouths are like those of dogs.1 This tribe is a rabble, professing neither the religion of the Hindus nor any other. They live in reed huts roofed with grasses on the seashore, and have abundant banana, areca, and betel trees. Their men are shaped like ourselves, except that their mouths are shaped like those of dogs; this is not the case with their womenfolk, however, who are endowed with surpassing beauty. Their men too go unclothed, not even hiding their nakedness, except occasionally for an ornamental pouch of reeds suspended from their waiSts. The women wear aprons of leaves of trees. With them reside a number of Muslims from Bengal and Sumatra, who occupy a separate quarter. The natives do all their trafficking with the merchants on the shore, and bring them water on elephants, because the water is at some diStance from the coaSt and they will not let the merchants go to draw it for themselves, fearing for their women because they make advances to wellformed men. Elephants are numerous in their land, but no one may dispose of them except the sultan, from whom they are bought in exchange for woven Stuff's.