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Children played in the mud around the village or sat crowded together on piles of firewood underneath the homes. Some children brought cold rice from home, offering tiny portions to bystanders or to younger children to sample. Often they chased each other through the passageways in the village, laughing and making a racket. Children wore split-seat trousers. Toddlers and younger children sometimes wore only shirts, no trousers. Most children under five used their right hand to feed themselves. After the age of five, children started to practise using chopsticks. By about 10 years of age, all children had mastered the art. When relatives or friends came to visit, children were taught to use the correct terms of address for the guests. When adults could think of nothing more to talk about, the theme of conversation inevitably seemed to drift towards the children.

Keywords: children; shirts; trousers



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