236 NATURAL RELIGION AND FOLK-LORE part m
Siput), the low-lying reaches of which are now known as S. Batu Putih, or a White Rock River,a there is a hollow (a gugup a) in a steep and inaccessible wall of limestone, at about half its height. This is the nest of the a Kalang Balok,a a giant eagle, which at one time nearly succeeded in destroying all human beings.1 Only two persons had managed to escape, both the youngest members of their respective families, a boy called Ba-lut (i.e. a youngest son a), and a girl called Wa-lut (i.e. a youngest daughter a). These two owed their safety hitherto to the possession of a magic knife (called ajShud paunga). When they found that they had alone escaped with their lives, the youth approached the maiden saying, a Marry me ? a 2 The girl replied, a All right! if you will cause the Kalang Balok to die, I will be your wife.a The boy replied, a I will kill the Kalang Balok.a8 After saying this he climbed to the cave and waited for the return of the giant bird. It was then about noon, but suddenly the sky became dark, and the sun disappeared behind the wings of the bird, the rustling of which was like the sound of thunder (a angkuh a). Ba-lut then stretched out his right arm with the magic knife, which proved to be so sharp that in its flight the approaching bird cut its own neck against it and died. Then Ba-lut married Wa-lut, and they two became the ancestors of all the people now living in this world.
To this Dr. Luering of Perak, who sends me the foregoing tale, adds that he was informed, not by the
1 a Mai lik gi-cha a (Mai. a manusia habis di-makan a).
2 aGuy ru enga = alive (lit. sit) with me.a
3 aBuli eng perdat Kalang Balok.a
aKalanga may be an archaic form of Mai. ahelanga = akite,a ahawk,a afish-eagle.a Cp. Vocabulary, H 54 ; a Balog a (in Kedah Semang) = a stone.aa Ka langa may be an archaic form of Mai. a helanga = a kite,a a hawk,a a fish-eagle.a Cp. Vocabulary, H 54 ; a Balog a (in Kedah Semang) = a stone.a