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Additional resources for Akha and Miao: Problems of Applied Ethnography in Farther India
Must procure a concubine for her husband, with whom h e tries to perpetuate the family. I did not find confirmation for these statements. /33 cont. / Among the Akha for the most part children are adopted only after they are able to eat, since only at this age is there any guarantee that the child will not die prematurely. A purchase price of about twenty rupees is paid for a boy and about ten for a girl, with which all the formalities are settled once and for all. Blood brotherhood among the Meau is entered into only by men who are devoted friends.
In view of the finger-like extension of the mountain ranges from the Tibetan plateau, this route was bbund to lead the Meau ever farther south. /19 cont. / Savina (2) writes that in the first centuries of Chinese his2. 11. p. vii. tory they had waged war in the basin of the Yellow River as well as in the basin of the Hoai. He says that since it is a fact that they had settlements along the lower course of the /20/ - Yellow River in Honan a t the time of Hoang-ti, the Meali there can be traced back about twenty-five centuries before our era.
Today, these Meau in Kweichow are split into two large surviving blocks. The Chinese administration there can best be described as a kind of protectorate. Even today, however, the Meau exist as an independent nationality, and this after four thousand years of historically confirmed struggles and continual repulsion (1). Retaining Kweichow as their settlement area. 1. Von Eickstedt. 111, p. 16. they gtadualfy spread into the neighboring provinces of Kwangsi and Kwangtung in the south and into the provinces of Szechwan in the north and Yunnan in the west, as well as into Indochina (Tonkin), Thailand, and Burma.