By Paul Ariste
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Carletti spent some time describing the carabao20. 22 That mixture of leaf was said to be both helpful to the digestion and stimulating the ‘senses of Venus’, as well as giving one aromatic breath. The ‘Indians’ offered this mixture to friends during visits. In addition, the bisaios had other kind of drinks. Carletti described two made from different kinds of palms: nippa23 and the palm of ‘Indian nuts’. Both were used to produce a drink that Carletti called Sura, a word influenced by the Konkani sur, and in Spanish also known as tuba, from the Tagalog.
These rattles were sold by old women; they were made of gold, silver or gilded copper and were as small little nuts. The practice of placing these rattles in a man’s penis began when he reached marriageable age. The old women who sold the rattles also placed them in the man’s penis, choosing a different rattle according to the man’s age. Normally, according to Carletti’s account, the men who did not wear such a rattle were rejected by women. 5 Exotic Malacca and the Javanese After observing a total eclipse in Macau, on 6th August 1599, Carletti departed in December by ship from China en route to Goa.
The Kingdom of Siam, together with Ryukyu Islands and Cambodia, were allowed into China with their junks, in order to carry their merchandise (mostly leather, red dyewood and rhinoceros horns36) to be sold to the Chinese. In turn, people from Siam purchased Chinese cotton cloths, silk, musk, porcelain earthenware of the heavies sort and many other products that they brought back to their country. According to Carletti, the King of Siam, who had many concubines, suddenly decided to fry them in oil in copper pots because they were discovered to be pleasuring themselves with certain fruits.