The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 92 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
skin around the incisions. They cauterize
with fire, thinking it very effective, and I
found it to be so by my own experience.
Then they breathe on the spot where the
pain is and believe that with this the disease
The way we treated the sick was to make
over them the sign of the cross while
breathing on them, recite a Pater noster and
Ave Maria, and pray to God, Our Lord, as
best we could to give them good health and
inspire them to do us some favors. Thanks
to His will and the mercy He had upon us,
all those for whom we prayed, as soon as
we crossed them, told the others that they
were cured and felt well again. For this
they gave us good cheer, and would rather
be without food themselves so as to give it
to us, and they gave us hides and other
small things. So great was the lack of food
'Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, Brevis Nar-
ratio corvm qutc in Florida Americc Provicia
Gallis acciderunt (I5gp, in De Bry), says of the
"Mode of treating the sick" (Narrative of Le
Moyne, Illustration 20, p. 9): "Cutting into the
skin of the forehead with a sharp shell, they suck
out blood with their mouths." The remainder of
the ceremony, as described, differs from that re-
lated by Cabeza de Vaca.
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Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar Núñez. The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3001/m1/92/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .