An Account of the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the Malayan Peninsula, Sumatra, and a Few Neighbouring Islands: With A Journey in Johore and A Journey in the Menangkabaw States of the Malayan Peninsula

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Printed at the Imperial Printing-office, 1865 - Ethnology - 189 pages
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Page 10 - I was informed that formerly it was usual for the people to eat their parents when too old for work. The old people selected the horizontal branch of a tree, and quietly suspended themselves by their hands, while their children and neighbours, forming a circle, danced round them, crying out, " When the fruit is ripe, then it will fall.
Page 66 - Others state that amongst some tribes there is dance, in the midst of which the bride elect darts off into the forest, followed by the bridegroom. A chase ensues, during which should the youth fall down, or return unsuccessful, he is met with the jeers and merriments of the whole party, and the match is declared off.
Page 49 - ... fear of tigers, and entered by means of a long ladder, and presenting, viewed through certain holes which serve as doors, no very satisfactory appearance to the uninitiated. The roofs are often thatched with Chucho leaves. There is but one room, in which the whole family is huddled together with dogs and the bodies of the animals they catch. The huts are so made as to be moveable at a moment's warning ; they are ordinarily situated on the steep side of some forest...
Page 33 - Malays for their skill in medicines, and, it is said, know the use of venesection in inflammatory disorders. The following is a specimen of their rude recipes. A person with sore eyes must use a collyrium of the infusion of Niet-niet leaves for four days. For diarrhoea, the decoction of the root of Kayu-yet, and Kayu-panamas: for sciatica, powdered Sabtal-wood in water, rubbed on the loins : for sores, the wood Kumbing. If the head be affected, it must be washed with a decoction of Lawongwood; if...
Page 8 - Binuas that declined to abjure the customs of their forefathers, in consequence of the persecutions to which they were exposed, fled to the fastnesses of the interior, where they have since continued in a savage state.
Page 91 - Poyang after death is supposed to enter cc 2 into the body of a tiger.* This metempsychosis is presumed to take place after the following fashion. The corpse of the Poyang is placed erect against the projection near the root of a large tree in the depth of the forest, and carefully watched and supplied with rice and water for seven days and nights by the friends and relatives. During this period the transmigration (believed to be the result of an ancient compact made in olden times by the Poyang's...
Page 74 - Mr. Lewis, Assistant Resident at Penang, related to me that he had for some time a Jakun family in his house; they appeared at .first to be very glad of their position, and indeed the remarkable kindness which that gentleman shows to all inferiors could not fail to please them ; but, having...
Page 92 - ... exercising similar supernatural powers, to take a censer and incense of Kamunian wood, and to watch near the corpse alone; when the deceased will shortly appear in the form of a tiger on the point of making the fatal spring upon him. At this crisis it is necessary not to betray the slightest symptom of alarm, but to cast with a bold heart and firm hand the incense on the fire; the seeming tiger will then disappear. The spectres of two beautiful women will next present themselves, and the novice...
Page 6 - Malay u, that Singapore, so celebrated in Malayan history, as having been the first place of settlement of the early Malay emigrants from Sumatra, and the origin of the empire of Malacca, received her first colonists only in the twelfth century, when Sang Nila Utama, supposed by Mohammedan historians to have been a descendant of Alexander the tireat, settled on the island with a colony of Malays originally from Sumatra, and founded the city of Singapore.
Page 10 - This practice took place during the season of limes, when salt and pepper were plenty, and as soon as the victims became fatigued, and could hold on no longer, they fell down, when all hands cut them up, and made a hearty meal of them.

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