chap. i SAVAGE MALAYS OF SELANGOR
Lodge not here, O Deep-forest Demon !
Lodge not here, O Jungle Demon !
O Jungle Demon, return to thy jungle,
O Deep-forest Demon, return to thy Forest-depths.
The last of these charms collected from the Blandas was employed for exorcising the a Caul-demon,a when the caul was being removed.
Charm against the Caul-demon.2
Shoots of Salak-palm, shoots of Ranggam-palm ;
Caul like a bridle, Caul like a casting-net ;
Caul that art bound, now be thou loosened ;
Caul that art tied up, be thou unloosened ;
Caul that art noosed, be thou unloosened ;
Caul that art anchored, be thou unloosened ;
Caul-fiend that lodgest here, be thou unloosened ;
O fiends and devils, be ye unloosened ;
O fiends from the Forest-depths, be ye unloosened ;
O fiends from the Perapat Rock, be ye unloosened ;
O fiends from the Banyan Hill, be ye unloosened ;
O fiends from the Kempas-tree, be ye unloosened ;
O Caul-spirit, Demon that camast from the ocean.
From Levin and Lightning, from drizzling and mizzling Ram,
Return to Malim Putih, to Malim Sidi,3
aTis not by me that this caul is unloosened,
But by Malim Putih, by Malim Sidi.
Besisi.aAmong the Besisi (of the Kuala Langat District) the traditional hire of the sage-femme was i two dollars in money, a or a white jacket. If no j person of professional experience was obtainable, her place would be usually taken by the invalid s mother or even her husband. The motheras mosquito-curtain was decorated all round with the leaf-hangings used on all ceremonial occasions, and when the child was born the mother underwent a ceremonial bathing, an would then be brought out from time to time an seated with her back to the fire and kept extravagant y warmaa roasted,a as it is called, a practice which is found among the Malays. An infusion was also made
1 Cp. i. 153. 2 The Caul-demon was believed to lick up the suffere4r^v^Af a
3 Both known to the Malays in connexion with Toa Batara (or a re a a Guru, the Malay name of Shiva (see Malay Magic, p. 85).3 Both known to the Malays in connexion with Toa Batara (or a re a a Guru, the Malay name of Shiva (see Malay Magic, p. 85).