loch qui·s appella
Place named Ysicol. In this
place there is a monastery of Armenian monks where they say lies the
body of the apostle and evangelist St. Matthew.
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són de matall...
These ones are made of metal and
were ordered made by Alexander, a great and powerful king.
The Caspian Mountains where
Alexander saw trees so tall that their canopies touch the clouds.
This is where he almost died had it not been for Satan who took him
out of there using his arts. And with his stratagem he locked here
the Tartarians God and Magog; and for them he ordered made two metal
images above described. Item he locked here many diverse races
who don't hesitate to eat all kinds of raw meat; and from this group
will come the Antichrist and their end will be caused by the fire
that will fall from the sky and will confound them.
aquesta ciutat de Lop...
At this city of Lop arrive
merchants from the Empire of Sarra on their way to Cathay taking the
direct route; they carry oxen, carts and camels.
que los hòmens e les fembres de aquesta regió...
Let it be known that the men and
women of this region once dead are taken to be cremated accompanied with
instruments and revelry, although the relatives of the deceased cry.
And it happens sometimes, every now and then, that the wives of the
deceased throw themselves into the fire, however the husbands never
throw themselves with their wives.
aquestes illes nexen molt bons grifalts and falcons...
In these islands are born very
good gyrfalcons and falcons that the inhabitants do not there to
capture except at the service of the Great Khan, Lord and Emperor of
senyoreya lo rey Chabech...
Here reigns the King Chabech
[Käbäk], lord that is the Medeja [Media] Empire. This is located is
at Emalech [Almaliq].
nexen homes pochs qui no han sinó ·V·
palms de lonch...
are born men so small that they no reach more than five palmos
[~3 feet] in height. And although there are small and not apt at at
all to do heavy labors, they are skilful in weaving and to tend
cattle. Let it be known that when these men turn twelve they already
procreate. Generally, they live until they are forty years old. They
live and ordinary life without prosperity. They defend themselves
from herons which they eat should they catch them. Here ends the land
of the Lord of Catayo [Cathay].
senyoreya lo rey Steve, christià...
reigns the Christian king Stephen. Here lies the body of the apostle
St. Thomas. He faces the city of Butifilis [Motupalle].
of Carnan. Here ends Catay [Cathay]
la illa Iana ha molts arbres...
the city of Jana [Ceylan?} there are many trees of aloe,
camphor, sandalwood, fine spices, galangal, nutmeg and the tree of
cinnamon which spice is most desirable than any other from India.
Here, there is also mace
of the naked people, where men and women wear a leaf in front and one
que costa la ciutat de Chambalech...
it be known that near the city of Chambalech there was in the old
days a city named Guatibalu. The Great Khan learned using astrology
that this city would rebel against him and ordered it to be evacuated
and to build this city of Chabalech. This city has a perimeter of
twenty-four leagues. It is well fortified with a square wall; each
side measures six leagues and has twenty paces of height and ten
paces of width. There are twelve gates and one bell tower that
strikes at vespers [first sleep] or before. After the bell strikes
nobody dares to walk around the city. Every gate is guarded by a
thousand men, and not because they are afraid, but to honor the
prophet Isaiah LXVII: “I will send those that have survived [the
judgement] to the overseas people, to Africa and Lydia”, and
continues: “to the faraway islands and to those that have never
heard of me or of my glory, and they will announce my glory to these
gran senyor príncep de Gog e de Magog...
Great Lord Prince of Gog and Magog. He will appear with many people
in the times of the Antichrist.
He will be raised in Goraym of Galilea and at the age of thirty he
will start to preach in Jerusalem; contrary to the truth, he will
proclaim that he is Christ, the living son of God. It is said that he
will rebuild the Temple.
major príncep de tots los tartres ha nom Holubeim...
most powerful prince of the Tartars is named Holubeim, that means
Great Khan [Kubilay Khan]. This emperor is richer than any other
emperor in the world. This emperor is protected by twelve thousand
horsemen with their four captains that stay at the court three months
of the year.
gent son salvatges...
people are savages; they live on raw fish, they drink sea water and
go around naked.
la mar de les Índies son illes 7548...
the Sea of the Indies [China Sea] there are seven thousand five
hundred and forty-eight islands whose wonders of gold, silver, spices
and precious stones we cannot discuss here.
Illa de Trapobana...
island of Trapobana [Taprobana]. This island is called Magno Caulii
by the Tartars and it is the last island of Orient. The island is
inhabited by people that are very different from the rest; there are
burly men in some mountains of this island, twelve-cubit in height,
like giants; there are very black and dim-witted; they eat white men
and foreigners should they be apprehended. In this island there are
two summers and three winters and trees and herbs flower twice a
de les illes de Índies...
of the islands of the Indies where one finds spices. Many ships from
many nations cross this sea. Here, one finds three kids of fish named
sirens: one is half fish, half woman, the other is half woman, half
ciustat és deserta per serpentes.
city is deserted due to snakes.