MUSIC; SONGS, yiiV/) FEASTS
yet have a weird kind of melody of their own, and are sung with a wonderful spirit and verve, which prevents them from becoming tedious. Of these songs I was able to form, among the Besisi, an important collection ; and as I know of nothing that could give a better general idea of the life, ideas, and customs of these wild tribes than these songs (which are a veritable storehouse of such facts) are likely to do, I give them in extenso, in the hope that something of their spirit may survive in spite of what is lost in the translation. I should perhaps add that I was told, inter alia, that the songs I had collected should, properly speaking, be sung in a certain order. Neither my informants, however, nor any other members of the tribe, could give me the order of any except the first ten, as given below. It would be a point of great interest if they should turn out, on further investigation, to be in any way analogous to the Malay a Rejangs,a corresponding to the a lunar mansions a of the Hindus; and it would also be very interesting to know whether the alunar mansionsa of the Hindus were ever treated as the subjects of ceremonial songs in a manner at all resembling the primitive chants here described. In any case, however, this manual of the jungle would well repay study.
The proper order of the first ten songs, which are, however, in the following pages, more conveniently grouped, was said to be as under:a
1. Siamang. The gibbon.
2. Pulai. A soft-wood tree.
A hard-wood tree. The flying-fox.
A wild jungle-fruit.
10. Mah hedet hum.
The little folkas bathing song.The little folka s bathing song.