CHAP. VI SA VAGE MALA KS OF JOHOR
God created in heaven, in former days, a man and a woman. They were Batins (that is, a king and a queen) of course, but had no kingdom or subjects. History does not say how long this couple remained in heaven; but only that one day they descended to earth and were discovered in the neighbourhood of the river of Johor, in the southern part of the Peninsula. There this celestial Batin and his consort begat a numerous family, who peopled all the Peninsula. Those of them who embraced Islam-ism are now called Malays; and those who remained faithful to the manners and customs of their ancestors retained the name of Jakun.1
Another legend (collected by Hervey) is that of Bukit Penyabong, near Kelesaa Banyak. The legend is that a cock-fighting match once took place here, between Raja Chulan and another Raja of old times, that the defeated bird flew away to his house at Bukit Bulan, whilst the victorious bird was turned into stone and still remains a mute but faithful witness to mark the spot where the tremendous conflict took place. The Datoa, or chief of the tribe, stated to Hervey that he had himself seen the figure on the top of Bukit Penyabong; it was a good deal above life-size, he said, and just like a cock in white stone;2 he added that the top of the hill was bare and that a good view was to be had from it.3
A similar legend is told of a Jakun Batin whose soul migrated into a white cock.
The a Batu Hampar,a or a outcrop rock,a which
1 y. I. A. vol. ii. p. 271. known in the Peninsula.
* Hervey suggests that the hill it- 8 Hervey in Journal of the Royal
self may possibly have been lime- Asiatic Society, Straits Branch, No.
stone, in which case it would be 3, p. no; cp. Man, 1904, 14, and
the most southerly limestone hill supra, p. 344, n. 3.the most southerly limestone hill supra, p. 344, n. 3.