MUSIC, SONGS, FEASTS
We take an adze and fell the Pulai,
And build a canoe to trade to Malacca;
To barter goods and sell our coconuts,
Then homewards turn our boat of Pulai;
Beach we it then, and oaerhaul it thoroughly,a
Sell to a Chinaman for a hundred dollars !
Ting, ting,\ het I thatas the small-waisted Fish-trap I The trap that was made by Mamat Alang,
The trap that is set in the river yonder For the fish, the scale-clad fish, to enter.
Fish so many and fish so various !
The a tapah a1 fish, and the fish a sabarau,a
The a aruan a fish, and the fish called a bujor,*
The alembata fish, and the fish apepuyuh,a
May all of them enter the small-waisted Fish-trap.
Bear them home, throw them down on the hut-floor,
And slice them up, these fish so many ;
Stew them and cook them very very carefully,
And when you have cooked them, call your comrades,
And give to each his equal portion.
And when your belly is gorged with eating,
Rise to your feet, O Mamat Solong,
And drum on the long floor of the Balei,
Drum on the broad floor of the Balei,
Big sisters and little are fain to watch you.
That is our rite of the small-waisted Fish-trap.
Childrenas Bathing Song.
Go, little people, go a-bathing,
So may you cool your heated bodies,
So may you cleanse your little bodies,
And rub with care your little bodies,
And leave no stain on your little bodies;
Then haste back home and take your hair-combs,
Take your combs and comb your tresses,
Comb them until they be smooth and glossya
Such is the way at small folkas bathing.
Go, little people, into the Balei.
Creak-creak ! there sounds the floor of the Bale The long-floored Balei, the broad-floored Balei.
For all the women are fain to watch you Dance, little folk, within the Balei.
And fruits be plenteous, the season plenteous,
Fruits be plenteous, fruits that are various.
Every day shall be fruit in plenty,
Every month shall be fruit in plenty,
Every year shall be fruit in plenty.
Go not back from the solemn promise,
From the rites that within the book are written.
Fruit . . . fruit, fruit, fruit, fruit !
1 Of these six fish I have only been able to find record of two as being identified, the asabarau,a probably = Laleo boggu, and the aaruan* or aaruana = Ophiocephalus punctatus.1 Of these six fish I have only been able to find record of two as being identified, the a sabarau,a probably = Laleo boggu, and the a a ruan* or a aruana = Ophiocephalus punctatus.