NATURAL RELIGION AND FOLK-LORE part hi
great a distance one of these sendings could be expected to take effect, I was told a as far as from here (Siong) to Ulu Selama,a a distance of probably two daysa journey across country.
The Malays especially fear the power of these a pointings,a which are, they believe, almost invariably fatal.
The beliefs of the Sakai, whether concerning celestial or terrestrial phenomena, have been very imperfectly described, and the scanty details that have been collected on this subject, except perhaps for the materials collected by Luering, are in no way characteristic, though they appear, so far as they go, to be very similar to those of the Semang.
Sakai Legend of Early ManaOrigin of the Blowpipe Patterns.
Originally man and beast lived on fruits alone, and every tree and plant (even rattan and bamboo) bore sweet and wholesome fruit. Demons (aHantua), however, dwelt in all of them, and hence men, whenever they desired to fell a tree, used to knock upon its trunk to warn the Demons to leave it. The land, however, was full of apes, who used to break off twigs at random through mere wantonness and thus incurred the wrath of the Demons; so that many trees took to bearing seeds only, or protected their fruit by means of hard or prickly shells ; or else bore but sour or noxious fruits. Then famine commenced, and Tuhan1 ordered the people to slay wild beasts also for food, and taught them the use of the blowpipe. Whereupon certain trees and plants offered to make their sap poisonous and lend it to man, so that they might be revenged upon the apes. The bamboo Demons, however, soon became wroth with man as well, because so many stems of bamboo were used, and entering the blowpipes either diverted the darts, or licked off the dart-poison to spoil their shooting. Then they applied once again to Tuhan for help, and Tuhan grasping in his red-hot hands a clump of aSeven Bamboosa (into which the Demons^had crept), forthwith turned the Demons themselves into stone.
The Batin,2 who had fallen asleep, now awoke, and Tuhan (seeing the Demons in his blowpipe stretching out their necks) called to him and told him to put the Demons into the fire by means of a long rattan (cane). So did the Batin, and so did they all, and thus many demons were killed.
After that Tuhan had annihilated the Demons, he observed, on his way, that the Batin and his people were suffering greatly from hunger and thirst. Therefore he touched the ground where the Seven Bamboos had been growing, until there shot up a number of fresh young bamboo sprouts, such as are willingly eaten by
1 Tuhan is of Malay or Malayan to southern (probably Jakun) influence, origin. The title of Batin, too, points 2 See Vaughan-Stevens, iii. 128, 129.1 Tuhan is of Malay or Malayan to southern (probably Jakun) influence, origin. The title of Batin, too, points 2 See Vaughan-Stevens, iii. 128, 129.