Friday, October 09, 2015

I have heard of men telling of sleeping in huts in Madagascar, with scorpions crawling over them ... #QotD

IMG_20151004_171013I have heard of men telling of sleeping in huts in Madagascar, with scorpions crawling over them, snakes hanging from the roof hissing in their faces, and of being taken out in the morning, set up to be speared, and only waiting to hear the 'Klick' (which does not exist in Madagascar) as the signal for being speared! All such are but 'travellers' tales,' the product of disordered livers or diseased imaginations. The scorpions were only cockroaches or rats; the snakes, long festoons of soot, such as hang from the roof of most Malagasy huts, which have no chimneys; the being taken out and set up to be speared, only a dream, probably the effect of too hearty a supper after a long exhausting day's journey! (p. 173)

From Thirty years in Madagascar by Thomas Trotter Matthews (1904)

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