DEALINGS WITH OTHER RACES part ii
When the Penghulu of Muar subsequently died, the Datoa of Johol would not make further experiments in accepting a Batin as Penghulu.1
Berembun Tribes.a The great superstition of the Berembun tribes is their best safeguard against their equally superstitious though more civilised neighbours. The Malays and Chinese of Malacca, with few exceptions, but especially the Malays of Naning, Rembau, and the other States of the interior of the Peninsula, have implicit faith in the supernatural power of the Berembun Poyangs, and believe that many lay members of the aboriginal tribes are imbued with it. Hence they are careful to avoid offending the Berembun tribes, because although the latter do not attempt, at the time, to retaliate, or even use threats, they are believed nevertheless to have taken the offence deeply to heart, with the intention of revenging themselves, sooner or later, by occult means. Moreover, the Malays, when they have the opportunity, resort to the Poyang for the cure of various diseases, with which either they themselves or their relatives are troubled. A third motive, viz., revenge, also not infrequently sends the Malays to the Poyang, whose power is invoked with the object of causing disease and misfortune, or even death, to any one by whom they have been injured.2
War in all its forms is quite unknown to them.8
Benua-Jakun. a But in order to understand thoroughly the relationship between the Benua and the Malayafurtheracquaintance with the Benua is necessary.
To commence with, the Benua who is not well supplied with the necessaries of life in considerable
1 J.R.A.S., S. B., No. 22, pp. - J. 1. A. vol. i. p. 328*. 310, 311. 3 Ibid. p. 273.