TEXT OF BESISI SONGS
to KA rbu kita tk lei dia-punya puch5 hupul chano
water (?) of KA rbu we can not reach its summit to-morrow before ,%"i l^bi nya Ion kdndim lun Jelingam (?), la bl ga1 chdrang2 Jidday, more far towards the right is Mt. Jelingam (?), more a-little high A er!3 lun KA rbu; atas somua ini lun ta ta tueh. than Mt. Kerbu ; on all these mountains there is no water.
BESISI SONGS COLLECTED IN THE KUALA LANGAT DISTRICT OF SELANGOR BY W. W. SKEAT.4
Gajah (Merat). The Elephant.5
Chong Peralong bunyia gajah,
At the Hill of Peralong trumpet? (lit. is noise of) the Elephant, Gajah kawan gajah tungal.
Elephant of the herd to the Elephant solitary.
Gajah tuhah jet-leh kawan.
The Elephant old that followj-indeed the herd.
Gajah kramat gajah tengkis.
The Elephant sacred, the Elephant shrunk-foot.6 Gajah puaka* dari Johor.
The Elephant of magic that comes from Johor.
Gajah nakeh chelui ha-bawau.
Elephant that descends to-M ?-sea.
Gajah mayin di-pante pasir.
The Elephant that plays on-M ?-shore a/"-sand.
Gajah mayin di-tanah pasir.
7%^-Elephant that-plays in-ground tf/'-sand.
Gajah yut-leh ka-hulu Langat,
The Elephant returns to-the-Upper (lit. to-head-0/) Langat,
Yal-leh ha-chong di-tanah kramat.
And climhr-then to-M^-hill in-M^-land sacred.
Atam chong, chong dah bedok.
Tramplei'-on the hill, and the hill has fallow.
Atam da long da long dah tegot.
Tramplej-on a tree, and the tree has snapp^.
Kara* tia il karaa tapang.
^___ There-xtmsxti ^w-trackx, there-remain ^zj-footstepja .
2 E e Morgan, a lofty.a 6 The common Malay elephanta is a
3 ***** a than.a variety of Elephas indicus.
i k**' 6 A shrunken foot is regarded as the
0r translations of these songs see sign of a sacred animal, whether
ia U* P- 147 ** seq. I may add that elephant or tiger. The former is also
wetting them a full stop has inad- indicated by stunted tusks. ^ An
gently been placed at the end of elephant with these marks was killed
\ and it has not been thought at Klang in Selangor a few years ago.
w^e t0 correct this throughout. Its death (at the hands of a European)
: that all Besisi final vowels are was regarded as the cause of the failure
% S?*0*1 lonS and are followed by of the coffee-land boom then at its
^ ifalay dick O ; final a aa (which height. It used to range through the
*S short) is marked long to Langat District, and was probably the
the reader. one mentioned in this song.