How did the natives of Kafiristan come to know Masonic ritual in "The Man Who Would Be King"?

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Author Rudyard Kipling never explains how the natives of Kafiristan came to acquire knowledge about Freemasonry in his short story "The Man Who Would Be King." We only know that the Kafirs have a rudimentary knowlege of the craft, and they recognize Danny's Masonic medallion. Danny and Peachey are practicing Masons, and they know that the Kafirs revere Alexander the Great. So, this combination of being "Grand-Master(s) of the Craft," and the son of Alexander the Great--gods no less--along with their repeating rifles, is enough to convince the Kafirs to follow the two rogues.

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