i12 H. LinCx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
III.aThe Milanaus. " The position of the Milanaus has already been given.17 The Milanaus are a quiet people, not Mohamedan, but dressing like the Malays, and cultivating sago. They are very fair, some of the girls quite as white as Europeans ; hair black and straight.18
Sea Dyak (? Batang Lupar.) (Sir Hugh Low Coll.)
17 4 4 There was formerly a Milano village below the present one of Meri, the posts of which attracted my attention as we ascended the river. This village was abandoned in times gone by, as the natives were so harassed and ravaged by Dayaks and Kayans, that they had to move their quarters, and they are now scattered over the different rivers in the neighbourhood." (Denison, Jour. Straits Asiatic. Soc., No. io, p. 176.)
" I am inclined to agree with the theory of H H. the Rajah that the Milanos are the most numerous and widely ranged tribes in Borneo ; at all events from vocabularies in my possession, and from a careful examination of similarity in manners and customs, I am convinced that the Kinniahs and Kyans of the Barram river ; the Kanowits, Kajamangs, Bakatans, Lugats, Ukits, Tanjongs, and Punans of Upper Rejang ; the Tatans and Balineans, the Bakatans of Upper Oya and Muka, and the Tamans and Malows of Upper Kapuas, are distinctly of the same stockabut we have at present more particularly to deal with the Milanos, who inhabit the mouths of the Rejang, Blawi, Palo, Bruit, Egan, Mudan, Oya, Muka, and Bintulu, and who number in all about 30,000 souls." (W. M. Crocker, S G , No. 120, p. 7.)
18 "As to their origin, I am inclined to think, from the similarity of religion, that they may claim descent from the same ancestors who were the progenitors of the inhabitants of Timor and the Moluccas, and, I think, also the Kyans, who certainly entered this country from the east, may18 "As to their origin, I am inclined to think, from the similarity of religion, that they may claim descent from the same ancestors who were the progenitors of the inhabitants of Timor and the Moluccas, and, I think, also the Kyans, who certainly entered this country from the east, may