or daggers, and crossbows. The latter are formed of bamboo and are very strong, and they can shoot with great force and accuracy up to 50 or 60 yards. Poisoned arrows are sometimes used. A spirit is distilled from rice, with which the Kacliins
make themselves drunk on important occasions. They have no writing, to account for which there is a legend that at the beginning of the world the Nats imparted to the different nations the knowledge of writing, but the information was given the Kachins written on a hide, which they ate, and were thus left without any knowledge of the alphabet.1
The men and women dress so much alike that it is often difficult to distinguish them. The legs are swathed with coloured cloth bandages, or are encased in embroidered gaiters. A short shirt, wiiich is often very tastefully woven and embroidered, falls to the knees. A cloth jacket covers the body, and round the loins are carried an enormous
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number 01 nne rattan rings. I did
not succeed in ascertaining the origin or meaning of the custom. On the head is worn an immense turban of dark blue cloth, on the top of which a great straw sun-hat is often placed. The stuffs worn by the Kachins are very ingeniously made. They are woven in simple designs
1 Report of Lieutenant Rigby on a tour through the Northern Shan States.1 Report of Lieutenant Rigby on a tour through the Northern Shan States.