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religious tradition, as only roving tribes give way to it from time to time.
From Bandjermasin, which is situated very favourably for trade, the broad and deep Barito as well as the river of Martapoera is navigable for rather large vessels. In consequence of the soil being very swampy, the houses of Bandjermasin are built partly on poles, partly on rafts (rakit) which gives the prosperous little town a picturesque appearance. The Royal Packet Company enter-
gate of a buddistic temple at bali.
tains a regular service on the Barito with the steamer "Negara".
At Bali we can go and study the Buddhistic temples and institutions, and in the eastern parts of the Archipelago, the various forms of heathenism. The great circle of the Soenda-Islands, running out eastwards into mountain-peaks, which keep getting smaller and smaller, and lie farther and farther apart, shows all kinds of volcanic and coral islands, on which we can trace the transition of the Asiatic into the Australian vegetable and animal kingdom,