98 BURIAL CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS
reference given. The only remaining point of interest in the account is the use of the Sacrificial Tray (Sale. a anchap a = Mai. a anchak a), which contains the a f00(J and watera that are offered to the aGrave-spirita (Mai. a Hantu kubor a),1 for whose benefit also the fire 0tl the grave is lit. The soul (a semangat ) proceeds to the Infernal Region (a Nerakaa) or Paradise (a Puiau Buah a or a Fruit Island a), as his case may require; but his Evil Deeds remain by the grave in the f0rnJ of a a Hantu Kubor,a incessantly seeking a fresh embodiment.
To the foregoing may be added Vaughan-Stevensa
description of a ceremony observed by the Sakai the occasion of a death.
A dying man lies with head towards the west. The magician holding -censer (asungkuna) in his hand, takes up the usual crouching position at the feet of the patient, a little to the right side, and raises himself up slowly till he is a breast high.a He then waves the censer seven times horizontally over th body, and placing the coconut-shell !(bowl) at his feet, bends down and Sav! softly in his ear: a O dying one, do not remember any more your father, mother children, or relations. Think only of your ancestors already dead and g0ne t a another place. Your living (friends) will find food.a2
The embers in the coconut-shell are kept in a glow till the man is dead.
The alleged reasons for the use of incense in this ceremony are that smoke a mounts upward and then vanishes a; also that a good spirits love its smell and bad spirits hate it.a3
Selangor Sakai.aOf the Sakai tribes in the Kuala Lumpur district of Selangor, my friend Father Letessier has given an account in which he says that when a death occurred, the body was washed, and the
1 Vaughan-Stevens, ii. 140, 141. been wearing must be washed off bef0r
To the above may be added Vaughan- burial took place. Also that no faceC
Stevensa remark that among the paint was employed by the moume
Sakai (a Senoi a) face-paint was never at a funeral (Z. f E. xxvi. p. 153^ Fs applied after death, and that any face- 2 Vaughan-Stevens, ii. 144. paint that the deceased might have 3 Ibid.Sakai (a Senoi a ) face-paint was never at a funeral (Z. f E. xxvi. p. 153^ Fs applied after death, and that any face- 2 Vaughan-Stevens, ii. 144. paint that the deceased might have 3 Ibid.