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gives its name to this place, is a shrine (a kramat a), a sacred rock in the river, on which the devout spread the mat of prayer; it owes its sanctity, according to the legend, to the execution carried out upon it (by order of the Sultan of Kota Tinggi) of one Jit, a Jakun chief, who had been detected in necromantic practices. When they came after the execution with the burial garments to take away the body, it had disappeared. Three months after Jit was met by his son on the same spot alive and well, which from that period onward he used to haunt. He was also said to assume at times the form of a white cock; and when met in human form he disappeared, and a white cock was seen vanishing in the distance.1
Tradition of Tribes with Great Feet.
Finally it may perhaps be worth while to refer to the explanation given by Vaughan-Stevens2 of the huge foot-prints attributed to certain of these jungle tribes, more especially the a Eastern Jakun.a According to Vaughan-Stevens, the great size of the footsteps of these Jakun, at certain seasons, is due to their binding the leaves of the Bertam-palm upon their feet, in order to avoid sinking in the deep mangrove mud when they are forced to traverse it in search of jungle produce, etc., the bad land which requires this special provision to be made being said to extend in patches as far north as Pahang. There may be something in this explanation ; on the other hand, it must not be forgotten that, as has already been pointed out, this legend of tribes with great feet is a widely spread Mohammedan legend, which is found
1 Hervey in JR. A. S., S. B. No. 3, p. 97.
2 Z.f. E. xxix. 195 seqq.2 Z.f. E. xxix. 195 seqq.