(a Tanah Sa-kepal a), and their father a Drop of Watera (a Ayer SS-titek a), of which all that we can say is that it seems to have originated in some story to the effect that the first parents of the human race were formed from clay.
Ostensibly Semang, on the other hand, is the legend that Kari created everything but man, whose creation he desired Pie to effect, and that when Pie had done so, Kari himself gave them souls. The Semang story of the dialogue between the baboon and the first parents of the human race may quite possibly be distantly connected with the widely prevalent Jakun legend ascribing the origin of mankind to a pair of white apes.
Another interesting legend on the same subject was the Land-Jakun (Mantra) myth that in the early days of the world man did not die, but grew thin with the waning of the moon, and waxed fat as she neared the full.1
In yet other Jakun stories, which however are probably, in the main at least, of Malayan origin, the founder of the race is described as a person who afell from heaven,a or who was discovered in some miraculous way, e.g. in the interior of the stem of a giant bamboo.
Before quitting this subject, I may perhaps mention the Jakun references to miraculous forms of birth, such as the Mantra tradition of a certain race of Demons (" Setan a) whose children instead of being born in the ordinary way, were a pulled out of the pit of the stomach.a Akin to this was the Jakun legend of the first woman awhose children were produced out of the calves of her legs.a
1 /. A\ A. .S*. No. 10, p. 190.1 /. A\ A. .S*. No. 10, p. 190.