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Relic of Aboriginal Demon Worship
Squalid Discomfort of Padaung Village Life

RELIC OF ABORIGINAL DEMON WORSHIP

SQUALID DISCOMFORT OF PADAUNG VILLAGE LIFE

One of the Kandyan devil-dancers whose diabolical performance is warranted to exorcise evil spirits from the sick. Grotesquely arrayed, they dance themselves into a state of frenzy, by which time the patient is usually either killed or cured Padaung domestic architecture has not got beyond the thatched cattle-shed stage. Furniture is non-existent, and the only valued possessions of the women are the pounds of brass rings they wear on their legs and arms, and their extraordinary collars of brass coils with rings behind which suggest that their wearers may be tied up at night