204 THF. INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
their mouths, a thing I have seen done by the negroes on the Isthmus of Panama.
They appear to have no religion, but are very superstitious. They celebrate dances at the time of full moon, the women forming a ring and the men another ring outside them, something like a figure in the Kitchen Lancers. They move round to the sound of some rude musical instruments in opposite directions.
Whether this performance is intended as a mark of respect to the moon, or is merely held at the full for the convenience of the light, I cannot say.
Several travellers have stated that they sacrifice pigs when it thunders. As thunder-storms are very frequent and often of extraordinary violence in the Philippines, this custom would imply the possession of a large number of pigs on the part of the Negritos. Those of Mariveles and of the Zambales mountains do not appear to possess any domestic animals, except dogs, and they find it difficult to kill the wild pigs, active as they are. Consequently, I think this must apply to those Negrito tribes, such as the Balugas and Dumgas, of whose condition I shall speak later. They are also said to offer up prayers to the rainbow. This offering can be made with greater ease than the sacrifice of a pig, but the frequency of rainbows at certain seasons will keep them pretty closely to their devotions.
Ratzel, ' History of Mankind/ vol. i., p. 471, says: Among the Negritos of Luzon, a fabulous beast with a horse's head which lives in trees |is venerated under the name of Balendik. And on p. 478 : When killing an animal, the Negritos fling a piece heavenwards crying out at the same time, " This is for thee."
They show great respect for old age, and the British War Office might learn something from them for they are reported to tend with love and care every old man of warlike repute.
Their language largely consists of curious clicks and grunts, and those of them who trade with the Christians usually learn enough of the local dialect to do the necessary bargaining.
There are some varieties of the Negritos who are more or less mixed up with the Malays, but their origin is not clear.
The Malay women are very unprejudiced, perhaps thereThe Malay women are very unprejudiced, perhaps there