A NATURALIST'S WANDERINGS
On inquiring where the dead go, I received the following answer: a We Ulu men (living near the sources of the rivers) do not follow the custom of the sea-coast people. They say that when their people die they go to a great field, flat and without any trees, on which the hot sun pours day and night. There they have to remain day and night, roasting (pangang), for a long, long time, reading day and night the Koran. After a time Allah comes along with a great umbrella over him, attended by a large company. Those that have learned best he calls to walk with him in the shade of his umbrella ; those
MONOLITH AT TANGERWANG I ; PASSUMAH LANDS.
that have failed to learn all that they ought are beaten up in a great mortar, and sent back somewhere on earth, whence after a trial they ave again transported to the baking field, where a time is allowed to them to perfect themselves, when, if they have made proper use of their opportunities they are at last called under the great shade; but if, after all these trials, they have failed to learn, they are beaten to dust in the mortar and blown away. We Ulu men do not know ii this is so or not, and we wonder how they knowr, for we have never heard of any one who has come back to tell them.