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.