i288 H. Lincx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
value in the market. It was found that these desperate men had cut down 225 trees of different kinds, for which they had to pay the value."
A curious request was made to Sir Hugh Low by a Land Dyak : "It was that of a young woman who, being married to an old man, was childless, and she requested me to give her some medicine which would cause her to have children, which she felt persuaded I could do." (Low, p. 308.)
The Rev Mr. Crossland also says : "I have funny requests sometimes. A man will ask for medicine to make his dog brave to fight the wild pig ; or for his paddy, that blight may not touch it." (Miss. Field, i860, p. 92.)
44 Only last night, after bathing, I was combing my hair, and threw some loose hair into the fire. One of my friends, the second son of Api Gurnong, said, 4 Tuan, we never throw our hair into the fire ; for, if we did, we should have a sick head.' I asked if into water ? 4 No. we should have a sick head.' On the earth ? 4 Yes ; no sickness there.' " (Crossland, Miss. Life, 1873, P- 541-)
44 I found out a short time ago that I had been ignorant of a peculiar custom observed by the Undups. I used to go and visit my patients, and cheer them by telling them they seemed improving, or the reverse, just as I should do in England. I said to a lad, 4 That looks healthy ; now don't you go sitting over the fire, or you will be making good bad/ I left him. Next day I found him sitting over the fire wrapped up in a blanket, the picture of misery. I soon found he was in the sulks and left him in them. When he was quite well he said to me, 4 You were a stupid to go and say before me that the rash was good, just like a little child that knows nothing.' 4 So it was good,' I replied. 4 Good or bad, you should not have said a word to me whatever you said to others,' said he. 4 So that was the reason you went into the sulks like a bear,' I said. 4 Yes, and enough too,' he replied ; 4 you were a fool and I was angry.' A Dyak never admits he is well, nor can you say so to him. So anything eaten is never praised." (Crossland, Gospel Missy., Nov., 1871, p. 163.)
44 A man who has been suffering from a bad illness, on recovery will often change his name, in the hope that the evil spirit who caused his illness will be unable to recognise him under his new name. In such a case his former name is never again mentioned." (Hose, J.A.I, xxiii. 165.)
Design on Bambu Box. j nat. size (see p. 241). (Hose Coll.)
Design on Bambu Box. J nat. size (see p. 241). (Crossland Coll.)Design on Bambu Box. J nat. size (see p. 241). (Crossland Coll.)