MUSIC, SONGS, AND FEASTS
ignorant of European music, which they had never heard, yet, in a great many of their songs, they proceeded by thirds and fifths, assuredly Without being aware of it, but guided only by the ear; a fact which confirms the opinion of those European musicians who hold that the third, the fifth, and the octave are found in nature itself. Some authors speak of a kind of violin, and of a rude flute used by the Jakun, who also use two kinds of drum resembling those of the Peninsular Malays.1
Orang Laut or Sea-Jakun.
0* Laut Akik.aThe only remark that I have met with in reference to the music of the Sea-Jakun is that of Newbold, who states that the Orang Laut (of the a Akik a tribe) were passionately fond of music, especially that of the violin.2
1 J. /. A. vol. ii. p. 251. love of and aptitude for music than the
2 Newbold, loc. ciu ii. 413, 414. Malays, and that the tunes they play
On the above passage Mr. Blagden are more pleasing to the European ear
writes me that, aspeaking generally,a than most oriental music. Their tunes he thinks athe Jakun tribes, and would be Worth collecting and study-particularly the Mantra, have a greater ing.awrites me that, a speaking generally,a than most oriental music. Their tunes he thinks a the Jakun tribes, and would be Worth collecting and study-particularly the Mantra, have a greater ing.a