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immunity of their tract from hostile visitation and its continued freedom from administrative control. The Wa go very lightly clad. They are industrious and, except for their head-hunting proclivity, well behaved. Tame Wa, settled
Fig. 56. Tame Wa family.
in the Shan States on the Salween, have perforce abandoned this barbarous practice1.
The tolerant Burman welcomes strangers. Those from
1 All that is known of the savage Wa has been recorded by Sir George Scott, from whose description the bald summary in the text has been abstracted. In the grip of the Wild Wa, by G. E. Mitton (Lady Scott), contains a popular but quite accurate account of these curious people.