8o MARRIAGE CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS fAI(T
to members of the tribe, the union was arranged by the parents, and the ceremony consisted simply in parties eating from the same plate. After partaking of a repast, the relatives of the bridegroom departed leaving him to pass the night in the brideas hoUSea Next day he carried her home. A small present was sent to the brideas parents previous to the marriage The Batins and their families would send as much as forty plates (a pinggan a) on such occasions, and other persons as much as twenty plates. If the lady ha^ already been married, no ceremony whatever used. She repaired to the house of her new husband and installed herself as mistress. Most of the Benn^ had one wife only, but some had two, and there did not appear to be any rule on the subject.2 The husband might not beat his wife for any cause what.
No marriage was lawful without the consent of the
tical as to the real existence in his day The young couple then approach each
of the practice described, but in view other, join hands, and the sylvan cere
of all the evidence, it may be taken, I mony is concluded. It varies, hoA!
think, as substantially accurate. ever, m different tribes. Among SOtJ,
1 Logan here adds that amongst the there is a dance, m the midst of which Berembun tribes the husband either the bride elect darts off, e gal * took up his residence in the house of into the forest, followed by her inarA/ his wifeas parents or made one in their rato. A chase ensues, during wf,ic,'
clearing. should th! /A"th. fal1 down or rAu a
2 T I. A. vol. i. p. 270. unsuccessful, he is met with the jee
3 Ibid; p. 267. and merriment of the whole party, ar^
Newbold gives a graphic account of the match is declared off. It generali
a wedding among the Benua, but un- happens, though, that the lady Cony
fortunately it is not clear to what tribe trives to stumble over the root of some
he refers. His account is as follows tree friendly to Venus, and falls (f0r
aOn occasions of marriages the tuitously of course) into the outstretched
whole tribe was assembled and an arms of her pursuer ! entertainment given, at which large a No marriage is lawful without the
quantities of a fermented liquor, ob- consent of the parents. The dower
tained from the fruit of the Tampoi, usually given by the man to the bride
are discussed by the wedding guests; is a Malay hatchet (a belionga), a coppe,.
an address is made by one of the elders ring, an iron or earthen cooking vessel
to the following effect: a Listen, all a chopper or parang, a few cubits 0f
ye that are present, those that were cloth, glass beads, and a pair of arm.
distant are now brought together, those lets ; the woman also presents a copper
that were separated are now united.a ring to her intended. Polygamy is notthat were separated are now united.a ring to her intended. Polygamy is not