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For the rituals, the Syiem of Kyrim exchanges his pressed trousers for a silk sarong. The king -- seen by the Khasi tribespeople as a benevolent master who settles disputes and help in a crisis -- decapitates a dozen goats at the end of the festivities.

A Royal Tribe Under Threat:
The ancient traditions of the Khasi tribespeople in India's northeast are being threatened by modernization and the government administration

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