However a bit unlike how the wondrous forms were

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However, a bit unlike how the wondrous forms were featured in their “original,” respective works, Mandeville’s enumerations and/or descriptions of them implicitly enhance his often derogatory descriptions of many different peoples that he came across that had customs he found disagreeable. That is to say, not many of the non-humanoid forms that were described, if any, were explicitly described as “evil” at all… while quite a few humanoid forms were. In fact, interestingly enough the majority of the “forms,” if not all, that were described as evil were almost universally humanoid if not downright human. A prime example: “the people of evil customs [in which] fathers eat their sons and [vice-versa], husbands their wives and [vice- versa].” (Chapter 22, p. 136). In contrast, we see quite a few examples in which beasts are given
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great compliments, one being in the description of the skins on the walls of the Sultan of Cathay’s palace: “[Pandas?] are very fine animals, sweet smelling, and because of the good smell of the skins no harmful air can come therein. These skins… shine so in the sun that a man can hardly look at them because of their brightness.” (Chapter 23, p. 142). All in all, the beasts are in
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