GODDESS to GOGO
GODDESS, s. An absurd corruption which used to be applied by our countrymen in the old settlements
in the Malay countries to the young women of the land. It is Malay gadis, a virgin.
And then how strange, at night opprest
By toils, with songs youre lulled to rest;
Of rural goddesses the
W. Marsden, in Memoirs, 14.
1784.A lad at one of these entertainments, asked another his opinion of a gaddees who was then
dancing. If she were plated with gold, replied he, I would not take her for my concubine, much less for
my wife. Marsdens H. of Sumatra, 2nd ed., 230.
GODOWN, s. A warehouse for goods and stores; an outbuilding used for stores; a store-room. The word
is in constant use in the Chinese ports as well as in India. The H. and Beng. gudam is apparently an
adoption of the Anglo-Indian word, not its original. The word appears to have passed to the continent of
India from the eastern settlements, where the Malay word gadong is used in the same sense of store-
room, but also in that of a house built of brick or stone. Still the word appears to have come primarily
from the South of India, where in Telugu gidangi, giddangi, in Tamil kidangu, signify a place where
goods lie, from kidu, to lie. It appears in Singhalese also as gudama. It is a fact that many common
Malay and Javanese words are Tamil, or only to be explained by Tamil. Free intercourse between the
Coromandel Coast and the Archipelago is very ancient, and when the Portuguese first appeared at
Malacca they found there numerous settlers from S. India (see s.v. KLING). Bluteau gives the word as
palavra da India, and explains it as a logea quasi debai
xo de chao (almost under ground), but this is seldom the case. [1513.
in which all his rice and a Gudam full of mace was burned.Letter of F.
P. Andrade to Albuquerque, Feb. 22, India Office, MSS. Corpo Chronologico, vol. I.
secretly they cleared their Gudams, which are rooms almost under ground, for fear of fire.Barros,
Dec. II. Bk. vi. ch. 3.]
and ordered them to plunder many godowns (gudoes) in which there
was such abundance of clove, nutmeg, mace, and sandal wood, that our people could not transport it
all till they had called in the people of Malacca to complete its removal.Castanheda, iii. 276-7.
(Gudões), which are strong houses of stone, having the lower part built with lime.Correa, II.
i. 236. (The last two quotations refer to events in 1511.)
but the merchants have all one house
or Magazon, which house they call Godon, which is made of brickes.Caesar Frederike, in Hakl.
the Palace of the King (at Pegu) are many magazines both of gold and of silver.
lign-aloes, and all such things, have their gottons (gottoni), which is as much as to say separate chambers.Gasparo
Balbi, f. 111.
if I did not he would take away from me the key of the gadong.Danvers,
Letters, i. 195.]
1613.As fortelezas e fortificaçaões de Malayos ordinariamente erão
aedifficios de matte entaypado, de que havia muytas casas e armenyas ou godoens que são aedifficios
sobterraneos, em que os mercadores recolhem as roupas de Choromandel per il perigo de fogo.Godinho
de Eredia, 22.
1615.We paid Jno. Dono 70 taies or plate of bars in full payment of the fee
symple of the gadonge over the way, to westward of English howse, whereof 100 taies was paid before.Cockss
Diary, i. 39; [in i. 15 gedonge].
[ An old ruined brick house or godung.Foster, Letters, iii.
[ The same goods to be locked up in the gaddones.Ibid. iii. 159.]
Virão das ruas as secretas minasMalacca Conquistada, x. 61.
Das abrazadas casas as ruinas,
E das riquezas os gudões desertos.
1680.Rent Rowle of Dwelling Houses, Goedowns, etc., within the Garrison in Christian Town.In
Wheeler, i. 253-4.
1683.I went to ye Bankshall to mark out and appoint a Plat of ground to build
a Godown for ye Honble. Companys Salt Petre.Hedges, Diary, March 5; [Hak. Soc. i. 67].
3rd August. The Choultry Justices having produced examinations taken by them concerning
the murder of a child in the Black town, and the robbing of a godown within the walls:it is ordered