A NATURALIST'S WANDERINGS.
adjoining valley, where below a great overhanging rock they wait till break of next day, when they return home in a similar secret and silent manner to their coming. They all wear garments of cloth striped with black and white.
Raffles* has given an interesting and full account of these people in his a History of J avaa from which I make the following extract : a They were at one time numerous in various parts of Java, leading a wandering life, practisiug religious rites different from those of the great body of the people, and avoiding intercourse with them, but most of them are now reduced to subjection, and are become stationary in their residence, having embraced the Mahomedan religion. In a few villages their peculiar customs are still preserved. Although by tra-
EARTHENWARE POT FROM THE KABANG'S GROVE.
dition their descent is from a princess of Mendang, KamA lan, and a chief transformed into a dog, they have claims to be considered the actual descendants of the aborigines of the island. They are represented as having a great veneration for a red dog, one of which is generally kept by each family, which they will not permit to be struck or ill-used.f When a young man asks a girl in marriage he must prove descent
* For additional information the reader is referred to Tijdschrift v. Ned. Ind. i. jaarg. ii. deel, p. 295 et seq. ; iv. j. ii. 217 ; vii. j. iv. 335 et seq. ;
a Bijdragen v. Ind. T. L. en V.-Kunde, iii. Volgreeks, iv. deel. ; Indisches Magazine, 1845.
f a According to the Zend A vesta, certain dogs have the power of protecting the departed spirits from the demons lying in wait for it on the perilous passage of the narrow bridge over the abyss of hell ; and a dog is always led in funeral processions, and made to look at the corpse/a a Macmil. Mag., a Village Life in the Apennines,a June 1879.