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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Savage Is as Savage Does

(Updated below.)

In September of 1493, Columbus again departed Spain for the New World. This time there were 17 ships and 1200 colonists. They landed in the Indies on November 3, 1493. In his first voyage, on Christmas eve, 1492, the Santa Maria ran aground and the ship had to be abandoned. Columbus left 40 men in a settlement named La Navidad on the island of Haiti. Upon returning to the settlement in late November of 1493, Columbus' worst fears were realized. All 40 men had been killed. They were victims of the Caribs (of the Caribbean).

The Caribs were particularly savage in that, among other sadistic things, they practiced cannibalism. ("Carib" is the origin of the English word "cannibal.")

Accompanying Columbus on his second voyage to the New World was the young Italian nobleman Michele de Cuneo. A 1495 letter penned by de Cuneo gives further evidence for the savagery of the Caribs:

In that island [St. Maria de Guadalupe] we took twelve very beautiful and very fat women from 15 to 16 years old, together with two boys of the same age. These had the genital organ cut to the belly; and this we thought had been done in order to prevent them from meddling with their wives or maybe to fatten them up and later eat them. These boys and girls had been taken by the above mentioned Caribs; and we sent them to Spain to the King, as a sample...

The Caribs whenever they catch these Indians eat them as we would eat kids [goats] and they say that a boy's flesh tastes better than that of a woman. Of this human flesh they are very greedy, so that to eat of that flesh they stay out of their country for six, eight, or even ten years before they repatriate; and they stay so long, whenever they go, that they depopulate the islands...

We went to the temple of those Caribs, in which we found two wooden statues, arranged so that they look like a Pieta. We were told that whenever someone's father is sick, the son goes to the temple and tells the idol that his father is ill and the idol says whether he should live or not; and he stays there until the idol answers yes or no. If he says no, the son goes home, cuts his father's head off and then cooks it; I don't believe they eat it but truly when it is white they place it in the above-mentioned temple; this they do only to the lords. That idol is called Seyti...

According to what we have seen in all the islands where we have been, both the Indians and the Caribs are largely sodomites [emphasis mine], not knowing (I believe) whether they are acting right or wrong. We have judged that this accursed vice [emphasis mine] may have come to the Indians from those Caribs; because these, as I said before, are wilder men and when conquering and eating those Indians, for spite they may have also committed that extreme offence [emphasis mine], which proceeding thence may have been transmitted from one to the other. 

Note that the young nobleman reserved his harshest adjectives, not for the act of cannibalism, or the worship of heathen idols, but for sodomy. Remember, as same-sex marriage continues to make inroads in our culture, the real goal of the homosexual agenda: full (legally and culturally--whether you like it or not) acceptance of homosexuality in all its perverse forms: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and so on.

Update: It has come to my attention that the young Italian “nobleman” that penned the letter from which the excerpt above was taken was himself quite the “savage.” My source for the letter contained only the excerpt above. Here is the full text. His letter also contains this:

While I was in the boat I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me, and with whom, having taken her into my cabin, she being naked according to their custom, I conceived desire to take pleasure. I wanted to put my desire into execution but she did not want it and treated me with her finger nails in such a manner that I wished I had never begun. But seeing that (to tell you the end of it all), I took a rope and thrashed her well, for which she raised such unheard of screams that you would not have believed your ears. Finally we came to an agreement in such manner that I can tell you that she seemed to have been brought up in a school of harlots.
Obviously it escaped de Cuneo that fornication and rape are as detestable and undesirable (an “extreme offence”) as sodomy.  (It is interesting to note that, in 1493, de Cuneo, being Catholic, perhaps thought that he could “buy”—in the form of indulgences—his way out of his sin.) Of course, in our culture we do not (yet) debate the wickedness of rape (fornication has, sadly, long been accepted) or cannibalism, but homosexuality is another matter.

Copyright 2014, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

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