we began to ask ourselves, first, Can such artistically developed people be savages?a and, next, the more difficult question, What is a savage ?
The Tenimberese are very independent in character ; a every man his own master a is their motto. Though they have an Orang Kaya or Chief, his voice has but little more influence than any other full*aged mana s. The a old mena s a opinion has some weight with the younger men, but every man speaks out
HOUSE IN TIMOR-LAUT, WITH ROOF REMOVED TO SHOW THE INTERIOR.
mind boldly and fearlessly. When any serious deliberation going on, the whole community crowds round the assembly rA .A m, the women even taking part, and expressing freely and j^thout offence their opinions. The voice of the majority is A law of their community, heir moral characteristics are such as might be expected ^tti a rude people subject to no restraint ; they are sensual, A llgh no immorality in their actions or in their carvings er comes to the public gaze. They are essentially selfish and