59 The Image of War ; or, Service on the Chin Hills.
the front of their heads, the knot being rolled round with a strip of cloth. This form ^^ of head-dress is affected by all the great tribes men-
tioned above. The Siyins and Kan-hows farther north wear their hair made up into a knot at the back of the head like a small chignon. The Siyins in addition ornament their heads with two small plaits worn above each temple. This manner of head-dress gives these two tribes a much less manly appearance than the hill-men of the south.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE CHINS.
}4ouu three old uuitehes put out a fire.
On one occasion we were quartered in a village. We had had a big fire, round which we had spent the evening, and turned into our beds in a Chin house, some time when all sounds had died out, three old hags, to whom the house wre were occupying evidently belonged, cautiously crept ^ out of the darkness and sat down I round the smouldering fire. Their idea, apparently, was to put out the fire, lest a wind should spring up at I night and blow the sparks about and set the village in flames. Each ancient dame had a vessel of water with her. But apprehensive, no doubt, that if they threw the whole of the water suddenly on the fire, it would produce a noise and disturb the boipas, and they
AMUSING THE CHINS.AMUSING THE CHINS.