ioo PAGAN TRIBES OF BORNEO chap.
A curse is sometimes imposed without formality, and in the heat of the moment, in the face of their enemy. Under these circumstances the curse is usually muttered indistinctly, and seems then to work upon the victim all the more powerfully. The words used are similar to those of the curse written out above.
A characteristic bit of Iban magic is the following :aA man, angered by finding that some one has deposited dirt in or about his property or premises, takes a few burning sticks and, thrusting them into the dirt, says, " Now let them suffer the pains of dysentery."
Therapeutic Magical Procedures
It was said in Chapter XIV. that the Kayans treat disease by three distinct methods, namely, by soul-catching, by drugs and regimen, and by extraction of the supposed cause of the trouble. This last operation seems to fall under the head of magic and may be described here. It is usually performed by the Dayongs, and is applied more particularly in cases in which localised pain is a prominent feature of the disorder. The Dayong comes provided with a short tube, prepared by pushing out the core of a section of the stem of a certain plant of the ginger family. After inquiring of the patient the locality of his pains, he holds up the polished blade of a sword, and, gazing at it as one seeing visions, he sings a long incantation beginning :a
Bali Dayong usun lasan Urip ulun kam kelunan Nini ketai natong tawang Leman Bali Dayong}
1 A free translation runs :a
" O holy Dayong, thou who lovest mankind, Bring back thy servant from Leman, The region between the lands of life and death, O holy Dayong" O holy Dayong, thou who lovest mankind, Bring back thy servant from Leman, The region between the lands of life and death, O holy Dayong