chap. i SAVAGE MALAYS OF JOHOR 19
an intemode ; at the other end it was cut through at right an8'As *fn^tlerformcd sharpened at the edge. Vaughan-Stevens adds that the opera Pe
by a woman of the tribe without any special ceremony.
Names are sometimes given at birth, but in such cases are changed at the age of puberty.
Treatment of Children.
Benua mothers carry their children in a sling o bark-cloth, which is passed over the child s bac , ^er one of the motheras shoulders, and under the ot er,
the ends being knotted.3
When the child is too small to hold on by embr;acing the motheras neck with its arms, it is carried behind her back, with its legs clasping her body. It is never carried on the hip, except in cases where the practice
may have been learnt from the Malays. ^
The food (of the Benua children) was eked out with hogas grease from about the third or fourth ay their existence. This might be owing to the ha it o not weaning children till they were two, three, or even sometimes four years of age. It was no uncommon spectacle to see an infant of a few weeks and a at nursling of two years at the breast together. Indu ge as the children were during their infancy, they ha no sooner arrived at an age when their labour was o t least use, than they were made to assist their parents
1 Z. f. E. xxviii. 190. In the same 2 /. I A. vol. i. p. 271-context a wooden knife, assigned 3 Z.f. E. xxviii. 201. tion
to the a Orang Utan,a and used for the 4 Ibid. But this begs q g
same purpose, is described. It had the If the Benua-Jakun, as a iv Gf
general shape of a common kitchen every reason to believe, are *
knife, and measured 26.5 cm. in length, Malayan origin, there seems no
its blade was 1.6 cm. in breadth, and why the custom should no
the back of the blade was 3 cm. thick. digenous among them.the back of the blade was 3 cm. thick. digenous among them.