A painting from Brazil showing slave girls from different nations in 1834


Aupapatika Sutra (Spontaneously Arising) (3-5th century with later additions)


Taken from: The Antagada-dasao and Anuttarovavaiyadasao translated by L. D. Barnett


 Note: some authors call Babbara = Berbera in Somalia others Barbaricum in Sindh.


Now little Goyame was attended by five nurses to wit, a wet-nurse, a bath-nurse, a tiring-nurse, a lap-nurse, and a

play-nurse also by many hunchback women, Kirata women, dwarf women, misshapen women, women of Babbara,

Pausaya, Greek, Palhavaya, Isinaya, Caruinaya, Lasaya, Lausaya, Dravidian, Sinhalese, Arab, Pulinda, Pakkana,

Bahala, Marunda, Sahara, and Persian race, women of divers lands, in foreign garb, with raiment taken from their

own countries' fashions, understanding from gesture what was thought and desired of them, skilful and accomplished,

well trained. Surrounded by this goodly throng of slave - girls and band of maids, encompassed by eunuchs,

messengers, and chamberlains, …