CHAP. VI SA VAGE MALA VS OF SELANGOR 293
He added that it was possible for a medicine-man to send his soul to visit the Island of Fruits in a trance (a ber-sawai a), and that if he and his people a sat down in a line a that extended all the way there, any one who thus visited it could bring back enough a rambutans a (a favourite jungle fruit) to feed every one of them. He added that the way to it led along a plank (a meniti papan a), and that any great medicineman, if he wanted to kill an adversary, could do so by a sapping the plank a in question (a tetas papan a).
Animal Beliefs and Traditionsathe Elephant.
One of the nicknames given to the elephant by the Blandas of Selangor is that of a Babi RSbong,a or bamboo-sprout (v. p. 222) boar, i.e. the wild pig that lives on the young bamboo shoots, these being the favourite food of the elephant in the Malay Peninsula.
A form of the a manis a story, as related by the Semang, also occurs, for I was one day told by an old Blandas chief of the same district that once when the elephant had incautiously pushed his trunk through a hole (in a tree), a manis caught hold of the tip of it, and thus effectually prevented the elephant from withdrawing it again. This, no doubt, is the reason why the elephantas trunk has become so elongated, as it is also the reason why the elephant still goes in fear of the manis.
The story here told is the counterpart of numerous stories very familiar to the Malays. In some of these the manis bites the elephantas foot, in others it rolls itself round the elephantas trunk and so suffocates it; in yet others the manis licks a wild banyan-tree (a jawi-jawi a), and the tainted tree is for ever avoided by the elephant and all his descendants.The story here told is the counterpart of numerous stories very familiar to the Malays. In some of these the manis bites the elephanta s foot, in others it rolls itself round the elephanta s trunk and so suffocates it; in yet others the manis licks a wild banyan-tree (a jawi-jawi a ), and the tainted tree is for ever avoided by the elephant and all his descendants.