chap. VI SA VAGE MALA VS OF MALACCA
It was from this periodathis separation between the Sun and the Moonathat the present division of time between day and night, and the rule of the Moon and the Stars over the latter first took place.
The Origin of the Sea}
Till the time of Batin Lord-knows-who men never used to drink, no water was to be had, and the sensation of thirst was quite unknown. It came about in this way. One day Lord-knows-who having shot a monkey with a blowpipe, made a fire, at which he cooked and ate it. Some time after he became sensible of a desire to imbibe something, and went about in search of water, but found none, not even a water-giving liana or monkey-rope (aakara), for lianas did not produce water at that time. At last, however, he came upon an old stump of a tree called ajelotong,a and on listening at a hole in it heard the sound of water trickling down below. He therefore fastened a liana (of the kind called a rotan manau a2) to the top of the tree outside, and by this means let himself down into the hole until he reached the water, where he slaked his thirst. He then made his way out again by means of the creeper, and just as he was leaving the spot saw a large white river-turtle (alelabia or a labi-labi a) issue from the hole, accompanied by
1 This is really a form of the Folklore, p. 367 sq.). Lough Shulin
a water - reservoir a myth, and not a (loc. cit. p. 394) was formed by the
deluge myth, or at most inter- waters of a well on which a woman
mediate between that and a deluge forgot to replace a flagstone. She
myth. Cp. Dawson, Australian fled from the deluge and was cut down
Aborigines, p. 106. For a deluge by a man, after she had run seven
myth of this type, cp. Brett, Indian miles, in order that the water might
Tribes of Guiana, p. 378 seq. Several advance no farther.
Welsh and Irish lakes are said to 2 a Rotan manau a is a large rattan
have been formed by a cover being which is often used by the Malays as a
left off a spring or well (Rhys, Celtic sort of walking-stick.left off a spring or well (Rhys, Celtic sort of walking-stick.