chap. VI SA VAGE MALA KS OF SELANGOR
hanging a sprouts a with his knife.1 In those days we were taller than we are now, and slept in caves of the rocks. The country then was a plain and was called Padang Masah ;2 it had no grass or trees growing on it, as no rain fell there and it contained no rivers. In this country there lived besides the Head or aPropheta of our own Religion (Nabi Melaikat), the aprophetsa (Nabi) respectively of the White Man, the Chinese, the Indian, and the Malay, but this was a very long time before Mohammed, and even before the founding of Mecca. In the sky there were then to be seen no less than seven suns, seven moons, seven stars, and seven rainbows, but the seven rainbows were only the seven snake-souls of the serpent called Naga Melaikat. This snake lies there with his head reaching to the gate of Heaven. There too were seven birds of the kind called Roc (a geruda a), and a solitary elephant of immense size. This latter, however, was not really alive, but only an elephant-soul.
a The plain itself did not resemble earth, but shone like silver.8 The a prophets a of the different races could, in those days, still understand something of each otheras language, and they all called the earth a menia.a The a prophets a who got on best together were those of the White Man, the Malay, and the Jakun; the White Manas apropheta (Nabi Isa) was the elder brother of the a prophet a of the Jakun (Nabi Melaikat) and protected him accordingly as his younger brother. The Malays were sea-folk and came overseas from Rum and Stambul, Sham (i.e. Syria), and Mecca!
1 Cp. the Mantra tradition given to Mohammedan tradition, is the new below, p. 319, which shows it to be a earth that is to be after the day a Last-Day belief.a of judgment.
2 Padang Masah. This, according 3 ? One of the salt plains of Central Asia.2 Padang Masah. This, according 3 ? One of the salt plains of Central Asia.