Orient., Rome, 1899, II., p.
XXXIII., p. 421.
Speaking of Pi p'a lo (Berbera Coast) Chau Ju-kwa (p. 128) says: "There is
also (in this country) a wild animal called tsu-la; it resembles a camel
in shape, an ox in size, and is of a yellow colour. Its fore legs are five
feet long, its hind legs only three feet. Its head is high up and turned
upwards. Its skin is an inch thick." Giraffe is the iranised form of the
arabic zuraefa. Mention is made of giraffes by Chinese authors at Aden
and Mekka. Cf. FERRAND, J. Asiatique, July-August, 1918, pp. 155-158.
XXXIV., p. 422.
We read in the Tao i chi lio: "This country [Ts'eng yao lo] is to the
south-west of the Ta Shih (Arabs). There are no trees on the coast; most
of the land is saline. The arable ground is poor, so there is but little
grain of any kind, and they mostly raise yams to take its place.
"If any ship going there to trade carries rice as cargo, it makes very
"The climate is irregular. In their usages they have the rectitude of
"Men and women twist up their hair; they wear a short seamless shirt. The
occupation of the people is netting birds and beasts for food.
"They boil sea-water to make salt and ferment the juice of the sugar-cane
to make spirits.