IN THE DESSA
These evil spirits, it should be noted, are exceedingly jealous, and one should never glory in the possession of any desirable thing, such as good health, riches, power, or above all, fine children, lest in their spite, they should turn these blessings into curses. But humility, or still better contempt of the things men generally covetr conciliates them. Wherefore a Javanese mother wa ill
Preparing the village field.
often call her child, more particularly it it be remarkable for grace and beauty, by a name implying that it is hateful, ugly and altogether worthless.
Among the saints of El-Islam, Joseph the father of the Christian prophet Jesus, is the one whom Javanese matrons venerate above all others; from him they implore the gift of beauty for their children. Nor do they implore in vain. Javanese babies are absolutely charming.