ark was made of a pulai a wood. This is a very light wood obtained from the roots of a species of Alstonia, which forms the native substitute for cork in these regions, and is used by the Malays for the floats of their fishing-nets.
It is upon a apulaia tree, moreover, that the Birth-demons called aLang-huea are supposed by the Blandas to sit at night.
The proverb about the banana-tree (apisanga) should be referred to here.1 It is found both among the Semang and the Jakun.
The Semang practice of wearing leaves and screw-pine blossom upon the head as a safeguard against falling trees is explained by an appropriate myth.
In the legends of Kari we are told* that the Semang soon got numerous by living on fruits.
Of Pie it is related that he ate fruit and threw away the seeds, which grew up into trees and bore fruit in the course of a single night, and this is not the only story connecting the name of Pie with fruit. Elsewhere, for instance, he is associated with the account in which the origin of certain red and white jungle fruit is described.
The a kSnudai a fruit is connected in the traditions of the Blandas with the origin both of the tiger and the crocodile.
The large, prickly, uneatable fruit with which the giant baboon pelts the would-be invaders of the Land of Fruit-trees, is a kind of afalsea (i.e. a valueless a) durian called a durian aji.a
Other ideas about plants which may here be mentioned are the belief that the breast-painting (of a Sakai man) represents a sort of Polypodium, the
1 See p. 184, ante. VOL. II
2 Vaughan-Stevens, iii. 132.