INDUS is a liver in India, flowing with a rapid violence
into the country of the fish-devourers. It was first called
Mausolus, from Mausolus the son of the Sun, but changed
its name for this reason.
At the time when the mysteries of Bacchus were solemnized and the people were earnest at their devotion, Indus,
one of the chief of the young nobility, by force deflowered
Damasalcidas, the daughter of Oxyalcus the king of the
country, as she was carrying the sacred basket; for which
being sought for by the tyrant, in order to bring him to
condign punishment, for fear he threw himself into the
river Mausolus, which from that accident was afterwards
In this river grows a certain stone called . . . which if
a virgin carry about her, she need never be afraid of being
In the same river also grows an herb, not unlike to
bugloss. Which is an excellent remedy against the king's evil, being administered to the patient in warm water;—
as Clitophon the Rhodian reports in his First Book of Indian Relations.
Near to this mountain lies the mountain Lilaeus, so
called from Lilaeus a shepherd; who, being very superstitious and a worshipper of the Moon alone, always performed her mysteries in the dead time of the night. Which
the rest of the Gods taking for a great dishonor, sent two
monstrous lions that tore him in pieces. Upon which
the Moon turned her adorer into a mountain of the same
In this mountain a stone is found which is called clitoris,
of a very black color, which the natives wear for ornament's sake in their ears;—as Aristotle witnesses in his
Fourth Book of Rivers.