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It is a very peculiar fact that, as was pointed out, the mountain tribes seem to be bound to a definite altitude and cannot be persuaded to go below a certain altitude limit. This fact ir, often confirmed in the literature. ~ a j o n q u i h e(I), for instance, points out that the Meau select the terrain quite high in the mountain massifs a t the foot of rocks as places for their hamlets; Abadie (2) likewise reports similarly. We are 2. Page 158. indebted to Credner (3) for a more detailed account: "Above / 27 cont.
Concerning the original homeland of the Meau, Von Eickstedt (1) writes: "The tribal conglomeration of the present- day Meau, in the essential aspects of its physical composition and cultural individuality, may have originated in the steppe region where Tibet, Mongolia, and Old China touch. In the subsequent more and more violently pulsating restlessness of the Tungoid steppe peoples of Mongolia and the ever more oppressive numerical superiority of the Sinoid farmers of North China and later also of South China, there was sought the only way out that presented itself.
If the child is from one's own sib, the price is usually somewhat lower. My observations are therefore contrary to the reports of the Siam. Soc. Journal (1). but 1. Vol. XVII, Part 3, p. 167. they are not refuted by any other author. /32 cont. / Married couples may adopt any number of children; no limits are set. In connection with the adoption of a strange and purchased child, the ancestors and the god of heaven are offered the same sacrifice as I described in the case of the adoption of a child belonging to the sib.