The climate mandarins who once told Meyer to visit the barber are now seeking his advice.
These castes, as well as the mandarins, who form a class by themselves, are exempt from tax or forced service.
The mandarins are nominated by the king and their children have a position at court, and are generally chosen to fill the vacant posts in the administration.
Under the native regime the common people attached themselves to one or other of the mandarins, who in return granted them the protection of his influence.
His successor is either nominated by himself, in which case he sometimes abdicates in his favour, or else elected by the five chief mandarins from among the Brah Vansa.