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at work in this way, employ a peculiar dialect usually called the Camphor (or Gutta) Taboo language1 (a Pantang Kapur,a etc.). As to the origin of this dialect there has been a good deal of speculation, but whatever its origin, the Jakun attribute great efficacy to its employment, as well as to certain strange ceremonial practices. Logan, for instance, mentions the eating of earth as a concomitant of the use of the Camphor Taboo language, as well as complete abstention during the prosecution of the search both from bathing and washing. Without these accompaniments of the superstition the a Pantang Kapura would hardly be complete, and they would readily be suggested by the magicians themselves, to whose cunning and influence over the Malays Logan bears striking testimony. As some proof of the complete confidence the Malays possess in their powers, it may be recorded that the Malays at Kuala Madek, for instance, asserted of the Juru-krah resident there, that he used to walk round the village (or kampong) at night and drive away the tigers without any weapons.2
I may add that many restrictions as to diet (or a food-taboos a) were observed by the parents in the months preceding a birth, and that divination was employed to determine the probable sex of an expected child.8
The Jakun Traditions.
The following is a Jakun tradition entertained by several tribes, and formerly related by a Batin of Johol:a
1 This question of the Taboo 2 Hervey, J. R. A. S., S. No. 8, dialects will be fully treated of under p. 103.
aLanguage.a 3 Cp. pp. 21, 23, ante.a Language.a 3 Cp. pp. 21, 23, ante.