Chapter 13

Ceylon (Lanwuli under Sumatra)

January 24, 2022
Activity Method
Trade Barter

The exports of Ceylon are:

  • sapan-wood
  • elephants’ tusks
  • white rattan

The people are warlike and often use poisoned arrows.

With a north wind one comes within 20 days of Ceylon which under the Chalukya (Nanpi).

Sailing from Ceylon, one arrives at Silan by seeing a continual flashing of lightning.

The King of Ceylon is black. His hair is unkempt and head uncovered.

He only wears a cotton cloth of different colours wrapped

him; on his feet he wears sandals of red leather, tied with golden strings. When he goes forth he rides an elephant or is carried in a litter (^ ^). All day he chews a paste of betel nut and pearl ashes. His palace cornelians There is is ornamented with cat’s-eyes, blue and red precious stones, so and other jewels; the very floor he walks upon is an eastern and western palace, and at each there the trunk and branches all of gold, the flowers, frdt blue and red precious stones and such like jewels. so ornamented. is a golden tree, and leaves of At cat’s-eyes, the foot of these trees are golden thrones with opaque glass (3^ J^) screens. When the king holds court he uses the eastern palace in the forenoon and the western in the afternoon. When (the king) is seated, the jewels flashing in the sunshine, the glass (screens) and the jewel-tree shining on each other, make it like the glory of the rising sun.

Two attendants are always present holding a golden dish to receive the remains of the betel nut (paste) chewed by the king. The king’s attendants pay a monthly. fee of one of gold into the government treasury for the privilege of getting the betel nut (paste) remains, for flower camphor « and The king holds

be burnt by fire, all in his hand a jewel and which shines in The king rubs his face with it would retain his youthful looks.

it contains «plum kinds of precious substances. daily, five inches in diameter, which cannot (the darkness of) night like a torch ^ and though he were passed 90 he

Its people are very dark-skinned. They wrap a sarong around their bodies. They go bare-headed and barefooted.

They use their hands in eating food. Their household utensils are of copper.

Ceylon has a mountain called Siluntie. On the top, there is a huge imprint of a man’s foot, over 7 feet long, and a like imprint is visible in the water (of the sea) within is (in this a distance of over little and big, all 300 U from The products J^), camphor, the mountain. The forest trees on the mountain, bend towards it (as if reverencing

It exports include:

  • cat’s-eyes
  • red transparent glass blue and red precious stones. The products of the (S^ soil are ^ 25 cardamoms, mit-lan bark (:^ J^) and both coarse and fine perfumes
    Foreign traders exchange for them sandal-wood, cloves, camphor, gold, silver, porcelain- ware, horses, elephants and silk stuffs.

This country sends a yearly tribute to Sumatra.


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