Burma image, WAA0122

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Description: Burma image, WAA0122. [A Chin elder.] (Researcher's notes in brackets)
"The position of the Haka and other Southern Chiefs in common with that of the northern chiefs is that of hereditary and lawful rulers, but the Tashon custom is different. The Falam chiefs pretend that all on the council are hereditary chiefs; such, however, is not the case, though it is always possible for a man of common extract to become connected with the hereditary chiefs by marriage; and this is how the Tashons promote a commoner to the rank of Chief. The Chiefs are elected to the council by the people, but as a general rule they belong to the old families, and only when a common man is particularly conspicuous as a soldier, a diplomatist, or as a rich merchant, is he promoted to the council. The Tashons say that a man must have slain another before he can attain to the Council. If this is a fact, there must have been many cold-blooded murders committed as the Tashons are not warriors. Occasionally an influential man of strong character rebels against his lawful chief and founds with his immediate relatives his own village; if he is strong enough, he may refuse to recognise anyone's overlordship, but, if he is weak, he will secure his protection by paying tribute and acknowledging allegiance to some powerful neighbouring chief. A man of strong and determined character can set himself up as a Chief and hold his own for a time, but at his death and in old age, unless his descendants are of equally fine character, the village will dwindle away, the people settling down under other chiefs." ['The Chin Hills: Vol. I', B. S. Carey and H. N. Tuck, Rangoon, 1896, pp.202-203]
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Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Licence: All Rights Reserved
Caption: Burma image, WAA0122

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Image
Subject tags:
Myanmar: James Henry Green Collection
Other Keywords: Photography; Burma; Myanmar

File info

Original Filename: dmas_waa0122_d01.tif
Size: 25.59 MB; 1792 x 2493 pixels; 152 x 211 mm (print at 300 DPI); 474 x 660 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Portrait

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Linked Accession no.: WAA0122