Cynocephali in the Caribbean

Translation of Lorenz Fries, Uslegung der Mercarthen oder Carta Marina 1525, leaf XVI Cannibals are a grim, slit-eyed people; dog-heads sit right on their heads, so that one gets scared when one looks at them. And they have an island which Christoffel Dauber of Janua recently discovered. This island is very large and has a lot…

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Cynocephali – The Dog-Headed Race: A Brief Introduction

The earliest sources of monstrous races, including the dog-headed cynocephali, derived from Greek geographers such as Megasthenes (c.350-290 B.C.), who travelled to India and reportedly witnessed monstrous races first hand.[i] The Greek explorer and ethnographer was sent as an ambassador to the court of Sandracottus in India around 303 B.C.[ii] However, he has further stated…

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