49 The Image of War ; or, Service on the Chin Hills.
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other strange things. When the wind sweeps up the mountain-side, the bamboos sway about and these wooden devices strike against one another, and at night . they sound like the rattling of dead
as if they were coming to life again to cry out for vengeance against their murderers. But we have wandered from our visit to the Chief. Let us go back to the house. In the front or reception-room is a raised sort of dais in every big house, running across the whole breadth of the house. On this the guests usually sit and talk. We enter and sit down on this. Mats or mythun skins are spread for our feet. The Chief and other headmen of the village squat round us, and the rest of the crowd deposit themselves wherever
can find room. The Chief or wife, the latter smoking the usual pipe, now comes forward with a gourd of Yu and a drinking vessel of lacquer, and the liquor is poured out and handed to the "Boipas " or sahibs, who, to show that there is no ill-feeling, must drink the proffered cup. Even if you dislike the stuff, you must drink it, and look pleased, and say, " Atah !" which means " excellent." A Chin thinks you a poor creature indeed, if you can't appreciate the qualities of his Yu. Then the usual
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