GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
prepared for her. They are kind towards those in affliction, having known great sorrow themselves: for their only child, a daughter, mysteriously disappeared years and years ago-, and now they are old and childless. The Rajah, gazing upon the stranger, frequently sighs: his daughter would have grown up to be a maiden as fair, if she had lived. And the Raden-Ajoe, taking her by the hand, bids her sit down, and unloose those glossy locks, worthy to be wreathed with
the fragrant blossom of the asana. She herself will cleanse them. Then, as she parts the long braids, ah! there upon the crown, behold the cicatrice which her little daughter had! The long-lost one is found again In Javanese fairy-tales the long locks of nymphs and goddesses are treasured as talismans by the hero who has been fortunate enough to obtain one. There is great virtue for instance, in the long hair of the Pon-tianak, the cruel sprite that haunts the waringin tree.