chap. in SA VAGE MALA YS OF JOHOR
if he could not, it was declared off. No marriage was lawful without the fatheras consent. Conjuga^ faithfulness was much respected among the Ja un, adultery being punishable by death. It was especia y remarkable that among the Jakun, although they were surrounded by Mohammedans and heathen races, all of whom were so much addicted to polygamy, it not allowed to keep more than one wife, an t a Logan met with only one who had two wives, an e was censured and despised by the who e tri e. only difference, in fact, between this form o m gamy and that practised by Christian nations was amongst the Benua a man might divorce is wi e take another. The rule was that if the divorce was proposed by the husband, he lost the dowry A given to the woman ; but that if the woman as be divorced, she must return the dowry s received at marriage. The children followed he father or the mother according to the.r own (the childrenas) wishes; if. however, t ey a s
arrived at the age of reason, they followed the mo*er.
Ddai.aThe only reference to marriage among__
1 On this Favre remarks that all the Jakun he questioned on the point declared that they were not at all aware of the practice, so that if the story were true, it must be ascribed to a few tribes only (/. /. A. vol. ii. p. 264).
[This conclusion, however, does not necessarily follow from the premisses.
The Jakun frequently deny the existence of practices which they fear will be laughed at by strangers, and the very Jakun who took part in the mound ceremony had previously denied its existence to me.]
A yet older authority for the Mound ceremony than Favre, is Captain Begbie, who states that the marriage ceremony of the Jakun was (ante 1834) as follows:aWhen a young woman
had allowed a man to pay ms addresses to her, the parties proceeded to a hillock round which the woman ran three times, pursued by the man ; if the latter succeeded in catching her before the termination of the chase, she became his wife, but not otherwise (Begbie, I.e. pp. 13, 14). It is worth noting that the object round which the chase took place is here accurately described as a hillock and not as an ant-heap.
2 Cp. Begbie, l.c. pp. 13, 14. Polygamy among the Jakun is not allowed, and is punishable.
3 J\ /. A. vol. ii. p. 264. For the treatment of the Jakun women by their husbands, who regard them as mere chattels, but are otherwise not unkind to them, see Z/. E. xxviii. p. 166.3 J\ /. A. vol. ii. p. 264. For the treatment of the Jakun women by their husbands, who regard them as mere chattels, but are otherwise not unkind to them, see Z/. E. xxviii. p. 166.