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Jim McDougall 4th November 2017 03:58 PM

Originally Posted by Kubur
Yes and what about the kukri? Is it a machete or a weapon? Both I guess

Indeed it is both, much as many if not most edged weapons in SE Asia as well. Most of the dha's and various forms are used by tribes interchangeably as both tools and weapons as I have understood. I am sure those well versed on the weapons of these areas may better elaborate, but in old National Geographic magazines there are often wonderful photos of tribal figures in these regions chopping wood etc with various weapons.
There are of course many examples and anecdotes regarding this, far too many to deviate from our focus on the piha kaetta.

Ibrahiim al Balooshi 4th November 2017 06:36 PM

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Now to focus in on the Piha Keatta namely in the bird head use on the original style hilt and on the peculiar parrots head at the end of the scabbard. Birdshead decorated hilts seem to have fluttered in from South India and also have graced many fine daggers in Mughal times. In fact, the reality is that over many centuries Indian craftsmen have been openly invited to the Sri Lankan Royal Workshops. It is hardly surprising that inter related designs have permeated Sri Lankan form... naturally and in ways linked to Buddhist and Hindu well as the obvious regional influences.

Below are a few examples of Indian Bird hilts and the effect onto Sri Lankan this case I focus on the Parrot-like Piha Kaetta scabbard tips.~

Ibrahiim al Balooshi 5th November 2017 01:45 PM

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It is said that the name of the stylus is
'ULKATUVA' used to train a student to write on a palm leaf. Once he is trained he is permitted to use a different type of stylus the 'PANHINDA'
I had previously placed the stylus name as Keynithuth but will recheck that source...

The materials decide what the name of the style of dagger is called ...In the case of Crystal; Gal Mita Pihiya and below a Met museum example..

Ibrahiim al Balooshi 8th November 2017 04:49 PM

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What seems to be the original form hilt appears at and above in my previous notes..Here is the bird hilt again ~

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