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Publisher: DE BRY, Th.
Title: XXII. Sepulturae Regum et Sacerdotum in Pegu delineatio. (The funerals of kings and priests in Pegu)
Published in: Frankfurt, 1599
   
Size: 5.3 x 6.5 inches.
13.4 x 16.6 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: Text sheet with copper plate engraving. In very good condition, dark impression.
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When a king dies, his friends call for a special boat. This is a kind of double boat, like a catamaran, with a gilded roof overhead, under which is a gilded framework upon which the body is laid. A fire made of pleasant-smelling wood is then lit, on which the body is burnt. The boat is then left to drift on the current, while several priests, or 'talapoi' follow behind. The priests eventually gather up the king's ashes and mix them with milk to make dough, which they throw in the water. When a priest or 'talapoi' dies, the others hold a festival over the corpse, which is laid out on a board. This lasts for several days, then a fire is made on the shore and the body is burned. The ashes are then scattered into the water and the bones buried near the home of the dead man
After his stay in the Indian city of Goa, Van Linschoten set out for Europe with a Portuguese return fleet in 1588. One of the ships was wrecked off the Azores in 1591. Van Linschoten was given the task of staying behind to protect the cargo. At the request of the Portuguese governor of the islands, Dom Christov„o de Moura, he made a map of the city.

Theodore de Bry, a German engraver and book dealer, began a compilation of early voyages in 1590 and had published six parts at the time of his death in 1598. His widow, two sons, and another family member continued the work, which comprised a total of fifty-four parts when it was completed in 1630. The publication is in two series, denoted the Grands Voyages and the Petit Voyages. A German edition of the Petit Voyages was published in 1599 in Frankfurt am Main. A second German edition came out in 1616. Latin editions were published in 1609 and 1629.

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