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Their kings, also, are excellent. At the present time, indeed, one king rules all the tribes, but formerly the several tribes were ruled separately by kings of their own according to their several languages. They have twenty-six languages, because of the fact that they have no easy means of intercourse with one another. The country produces also certain of the deadly reptiles, and scorpions and phalangia.1 Some of the phalangia cause people to die laughing, while others cause people to die weeping over the loss of their deceased kindred.

1 Members of the spider family; but here, apparently, tarantulas (see Tozer, op. cit., p. 265).

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