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Identifier: handbooktoethnog00brit
Title: Handbook to the ethnographical collections
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: British Museum. Dept. of British and Mediaeval Antiquities and Ethnography Joyce, Thomas Athol, 1878-1942 Dalton, O. M. (Ormonde Maddock), 1866-1945
Publisher: [London] : Printed by order of the Trustees
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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the Naga tlie marks on the face have often a definitemeaning; thus they may reveal the number of enemies headstaken. Charms such as pierced tigers teeth are in frequent use. There is little pottery and few metal utensils. Vessels fordomestic use are made of wood, bamboo-joints, or horn. Baskets(fig. 69) are made, of which an example may be seen in the EAST ASIA AND INDO-CHINA 85 ornamental carrying basket in the Collection ; this is suspendedon the back and supported by a band passing across the forehead.The iron hoe seems to be the only agricultural implement, butthe dao with its chopper-like blade may be used as a utensil aswell as a weapon. The weapons of the Assamese consist chiefly ofspears and daos. The speai-s are barbed, and their shafts oftenornamented with a thick pile of goats hair dyed red (fig. 68).Oblong wooden shields are used, often with long sticks fringedwith coloured hair projecting from their tops. The AngamiNaga, the Garo, and the Khasia carry swords with straight

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Fig. 69.—Basket ornamented with bird-skins and wooden heads.Naga, Assam. guards. Cross-bows are used on the north-east border of Assamby the Singpho or Kachin. as also in parts of North Siam.Guns are made by the Shan. An important means of offenceemployed by many hill tribes consists of panjis or small i)oisonedslips of bamboo, stuck freely about the paths near villages withthe points uppermost. The religion of the hill tribes is confined to the worship ofspirits who are believed to cause death and disaster. Hinduismand Mohammedanism are the religions of the low country. Thedead are buried in various ways; sometimes they are laid onplatforms over which wooden effigies of the deceased are erected. 86 ASIA INDONESIA Indonesia is the collective term -wliich may be taken to includethe Malay Peninsula with tlie islands lying immediately off thecoast and to the east as far as New Guinea. Of these, theAndaman Islands, inhabited by negritos, and the Nicobar Islandsby primitive Indonesians,

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Date: 2014-07-30 12:28:16

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