i86 H. Lincx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
following dimensions : the pillars are carved from top to bottom and capped with a ponderous stone slab ; they are both of the same height and stand 32 feet above the ground. The girth of one is 11 feet inches, that of the other 6 feet 11^ inches."
Mr. Hose stumbled across a coffin in an unexpected way : " We spent the night in the house of one Avan Avit, also a Barawan. Being somewhat fatigued we retired early ; and it was not until the next morning that I discovered, at the head of my bed, a large box which I had not noticed the night before, and which proved to be a coffin ; and on inquiry I was informed that it contained the mortal remains of the chiefs wife. As this may appear strange, I may as well explain that it was the custom of these people to keep
Model of Bara Narey Tomb, Sandong teelang, for preserving the ashes of cremated bodies.
(From Dutch Borneo. Leiden Mus.)
a corpse in the house for three months before burying it. They make a large coffin of soft wood, and decorate it with various colours, obtained from the juice of roots, the whole being elaborately carved. The lid of this coffin is rendered air-tight with a resinous substance procured from many of the Borneo forest trees, and generally known as dammar. A bamboo about 20 feet long and 3 inches in diameter is then prepared by boring through the joints, so as to form it into what it is really intended for, a sort of drainpipe. One end of this pipe is driven into the ground, the other end is brought through the floor of the
Model of Permanent Dead House, Olo Ngadjus.
(Dutch Borneo. Amsterdam Ethnograph Mus.)(Dutch Borneo. Amsterdam Ethnograph Mus.)