Mexico - A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 4 - By Robert Kerr
 -  The natives have always concealed the
places where these precious stones are procured, but the Spaniards have
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The Natives Have Always Concealed The Places Where These Precious Stones Are Procured, But The Spaniards Have Been In Use To Find Some Emeralds In That Part Of The Country, Mixed Among Pebbles And Gravel, On Which Account It Is Supposed That The Natives Procured Them From Thence.

The men also are fond of wearing a kind of bracelets, or strings of beads, of gold and silver, mixed with small turquoise stones and white shells, or of various colours; and the women are not permitted to wear any of those ornaments.

The country is exceedingly hot and unwholesome, and the inhabitants are particularly subject to certain malignant warts or carbuncles of a dangerous nature on the face and other parts of the body, having very deep roots, which are more dangerous than the small-pox, and almost equally destructive as the carbuncles of the plague. The natives have many temples, of which the doors always front the east, and are closed only by cotton curtains. In each temple there are two idols or figures in relief resembling black goats, before which they continually burn certain sweet-smelling woods. From this wood a certain liquor exudes, when the bark is stripped off, which has a strong and disagreeable flavour, by means of which dead bodies are preserved free from corruption. In their temples, they have also representations of large serpents, to which they give adoration; besides which every nation, district, tribe or house, had its particular god or idol. In some temples, particularly in those of certain villages which were called _Pafao_, the walls and pillars were hung round with dried bodies of men women and children, _in the form of crosses_, which were all so thoroughly embalmed by means of the liquor already mentioned, that they were entirely devoid of bad smell.

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