NA TURAL RELIGION AND FOLK-LORE part iii
The same (Blandas) tribe also had a story about an elephant - stone which possessed certain magic virtues, and which had been obtained by a member of the tribe from an elephant killed by a spring-spear trap (a balantek a). The stone was called a Batua Badui,a or a Elephant-stone,a and appears to be an analogue of the magic stone which the Malays believe may some times be obtained from the head of a snake (cp. our own a toad-stone a).
The tigeras stripes are believed, among the Blandas, to have resulted from contact with the a kSnudai a fruit, which fell upon the tigeras skin and caused its markings.1 But this effect was only caused by the a kenudai a fruit that fell upon the land; and that which fell into the water is believed to have been in some way connected with the origin of the crocodile.2
The following is a Blandas charm which is believed to have the power of crippling a tiger. It was given me by a member of the Kuala Langat tribe : a
Trong wet! Trong wau !
Stick fast ia the tree-stumps, where thou prowlest ;
The weighting charm is. said already.
Refuse thou then menas heads, O Tiger.
And be your hind-feet slow, earth-loaded,
And slow, stone-loaded, be your fore-feet.
A sevenfold rampart now surrounds me,
The weighting-charm Iave just repeated.
1 Mr. H. N. Ridley calls this fruit break and leave a stain or smear on
a kenidai,a which maybe Malay, but anything with which it came in
akenudaia was the name used by the contact.
Blandas. Mr. Ridley tells me that it 2 The exact connection was not ex-
is a Glochidion (possibly Brunnium), plained, but I believe it to have been
and that it is a a a shrub with pulpy that they developed into the knob-like
fruit growing on wet river - banks. a projections on the top of the crocodileas
The pulpiness of the fruit may doubt- head (over his eyes), which are very
less have helped the story, as the result conspicuous, and are alluded to in
of its falling would naturally be to Malay stories of the crocodile's origin.of its falling would naturally be to Malay stories of the crocodile's origin.