Their Food Is
Rice [And Corn], Flesh And Milk, Of Which They Have Great Store.
no more to be said about them.[NOTE 1]
And you must know that this kingdom of Kesmacoran is the last in India as
you go towards the west and north-west. You see, from Maabar on, this
province is what is called the GREATER INDIA, and it is the best of all
the Indies. I have now detailed to you all the kingdoms and provinces and
(chief) cities of this India the Greater, that are upon the seaboard; but
of those that lie in the interior I have said nothing, because that would
make too long a story.[NOTE 2]
And so now let us proceed, and I will tell you of some of the Indian
Islands. And I will begin by two Islands which are called Male and Female.
NOTE 1. - Though M. Pauthier has imagined objections there is no room for
doubt that Kesmacoran is the province of Mekran, known habitually all
over the East as Kij-Makran, from the combination with the name of the
country of that of its chief town, just as we lately met with a converse
combination in Konkan-tana. This was pointed out to Marsden by his
illustrious friend Major Rennell. We find the term Kij Makran used by
Ibn Batuta (III. 47); by the Turkish Admiral Sidi 'Ali (J. As., ser. I.
tom. ix. 72; and J.A.S.B. V. 463); by Sharifuddin (P. de la Croix,
I. 379, II.
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