FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
souls. They have books of prayer; and though they do not build temples, they erect little bamboo altars in the woods. They sing and dance, and the dates of their feasts are generally marked in the Chinese calendar. The climate of this part is cold in winter, ice even being seen in December. Deer and
small game abound in the mountains, which, as far as the inhabitants knew, have no mines. The female costumes which we bought deserve mention, being peculiar for a long sort of cassock with red sleeves, the corsage worked with handsome arabesques in black, white, and red, disclosing, when- open, a small embroidered vest. It is from these varied hues that the Lolos probably derive the name Koua-Lolos (Lolos of colour). The throat was encircled by a band with a silver clasp, and the head by a turban, the ends of which were brought round in front and ornamented with silver
studs, while large ear-rings of the same metal completed the
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