A NATURALIST'S WANDERINGS
side, a platter whereon a morsel of food is offered every time they eat in its presence. Every time they drink they dip their finger and thumb in the fluid, and flick a drop or two upward with a few muttered words of invocation. Along the four sides spaces for sleeping on are raised some nine to twelve inches above the level of the rahanralan or floor of the house. The inmates sleep on small, neatly made bamboo mats, and rest their heads on a piece of squared bamboo with rounded edges, exactly similar to the Chinese pillow. In one
HOUSE IN TIMOR-LAUT.
gable is the foean or fire-place, and opposite to it on a trelllSa work platform is placed the cranium of the father of the Hea of the house. Indian corn and other comestibles and various articles are stored on little platforms stretching between the rafters, and their scanty clothing and other articles are suS pended from the roof by wooden contrivances often elaborate ; designed and elegantly carved (see pp. 320, 324). After see^F how elaborately covered almost everything they used was wi carvings, executed with undoubted taste and surprising s*1