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The walls of the capital were palisaded with trunks of trees. The King lived in a palace well elevated ; he went out mounted on an elephant, white cloths being spread for it to kneel on, the people burning perfumes before him during his ride. The queen likewise appeared in public on an elephant. The people were not as warlike as the people of Lin-y, who were in constant collision with them.
The above description seems to refer to the inhabitants previous to the entrance of Buddhism in 422. A later description says that a the inhabitants are small and black, go barefoot, and perfume their bodies. They are active and robust, set great store on literature, have skilful astronomers, who foretell eclipses, and were in possession of many small horses. There are magnificent edifices, faced always to the east. The towns, thirty in number, have many thousand inhabitants. Their laws and manners are the same as those . of Lin-y, with which country they are always at war. They go about armed, cut off the hands and feet of thieves to prevent them returning to their malpractices, bathe without distinction of sex or rank in the same tanks, one of which is dug by every two or three families, and clean their teeth with a twig. Some expose corpses to birds of prey, others burn them and preserve the ashes in gold or silver vases. They are skilful in rearing elephants, the five thousand which were kept for war being fed on meat.a
Only the children of the legitimate queen could come to the throne, and each new King mutilated all his brothers by cutting off their fingers or noses, afterOnly the children of the legitimate queen could come to the throne, and each new King mutilated all his brothers by cutting off their fingers or noses, after