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Tamchuy - 淡水

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Spanish Transcription 

Tamchui es reino de por sí confina con el de Cheylan es de suyo. La que en él habita gente soberbia e ynclinada a guerras y dissensiones. Son grandes flecheros y de ordinario andan robando y tienen sus guerras y por constumbre que todas las personas que uno mata les quita las cabeças y desuéllanlas y dejan sólo el casco, el qual doran y después de doradas las encajan en las paredes de la sala más principal de la casa en que viven alrededor con mucho concierto. Y esto tienen por muy gran tropheo para que se conozca que son valientes y la cabeça del hombre más principal que han muerto trae siempre en la mano la mujer del que le mató para que la estimen y respeten como a mujer de hombre valiente.

English Translation

[179r] Danshui is a sovereign kingdom. It borders on the kingdom of Keelung. It is independent. The inhabitants are proud and are disposed to warring and dis- putes. They are great archers, and they frequently plunder and make war. And it is their custom to cut the heads off the people they kill, which they then skin, leaving just the skulls, which they gild. And after they are gilded, they are placed in the walls of the main room of their houses where the people live among them in perfect order. And they consider these very fine trophies so that others may see their bravery. And the head of the most important man they have killed is carried around by the wife of the man who killed him so she will be honored and respected as the wife of a brave man.

Luis Barandica Martínez. El Códice Boxer. Edición moderna de un manuscrito del siglo XVI. 2019. 

George Bryan Souza and Jeffrey Scott. The Boxer Codex: Transcription and Translation. 2016.

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