A Statistical Account of Assam, Volume 1

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Trübner & Company, 1879 - Assam (India)
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Page 311 - In making ivory handles of weapons they evince great skill, taste, and fecundity of invention, carving in high relief, twisted snakes, dragons, and other monsters, with a creditable unity and gracefulness of design. It is customary for the Chiefs also to employ themselves in useful and ornamental arts. They work in gold, silver, and iron, forge their own weapons, and make their wives
Page 353 - ... promised to a peer of her father who had many other wives. She would not submit to be one of many, and besides she loved and she eloped with her beloved. This was interesting and romantic. She was at the time in a very coarse travelling dress, but assured of protection she took fresh apparel and...
Page 331 - ... vague. Only where the things offered in barter are extremely unlike in their amounts or qualities or characters, does lack of equivalence become manifest. How rude trading transactions are at first, is well shown by the following extract concerning an Indian people, the Chalikatas. Dalton says: It was very interesting to watch the barter that took place there between these suspicious, excitable savages and the cool, wily traders of the plains. The former took salt chiefly in exchange for the...
Page 41 - ... of tens of thousands, the pride of its princes, and the wonder of the present day, are now choked up with weeds and jungle, or altogether effaced by a false though luxuriant soil, that floats on the stagnant waters concealed beneath.
Page 309 - The Siamese are now the most important branch of his family. They are called by the Burmese Shangyai, or eldest branch of the Shans ; but there was once a great nation of this people occupying a tract known to the historians of Manipur as the kingdom of Pong, which touched Tipperah, Yunan and Siam, and of which the city called Mogong by the Burmese, and Mongmarong by the Shans, was the capital.
Page 313 - They are seldom seen without the useful weapon the 'dao' hanging in its sheath, plain or ornamented according to the condition of the wearer, by a sling made of split rattan. It is worn somewhat in front, so that the hilt is readily grasped in the right hand; this and the defensive round shield of buffalo hide are sufficient for a Khampti to take the field with, but many of them now carry muskets or fowling-pieces.
Page 313 - ... the anniversary of the saint's death the postures are supposed to be expressive of frantic grief; but as a more distinct commemoration of the birth, a lively representation of an accouchement is acted. One of the boy-girls is put to bed and waited on by the others. Presently something like infantile cries are heard, and from beneath the dress of the invalid a young puppy dog is produced squeaking, and carried away and bathed, and treated as a new-born babe.
Page 345 - Like the manfolk, the women of the different groups of the Hill MIri are also found to dress differently. The Ghy-ghasi women, as had been recorded by Dalton long ago, wear a small petti-coat made of filaments of cane woven together. It is about a foot in breadth and fits so tightly round the loins that it compels them to move in short steps. The women wear their hair long. The female costume of the Panibotia Miris is rather elaborate, and, in many respects, peculiarly contrasted with that of neighbouring...
Page 329 - Tongans, the only restriction to incontinence was that the lover must not be changed too often. What Dalton says of the Chilikata Mishmis, one of the wild tribes of India ? applies to many of the lower races in all parts of the world : " Marriage ceremony there is, I believe, none ; it is simply an affair of purchase, and the women thus obtained, if they can be called wives, are not much bound by the tie. The husbands do not expect them to be chaste ; they take no cognizance of their temporary liaisons...
Page 311 - Every morning the priests move quickly through the villages preceded by a boy with a little bell, each holding a lacquered box in which he receives the offering of the people, generally presented by the women, who stand waiting at the door with a portion of their ready cooked food.

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