MATURITY CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS
performed at the age of puberty irrespective of sex, probably not long before marriage, as is the practice of the Inland Malays, from whom they learnt it.
The six front teeth of the upper jaw of a Semang skull brought home by the writer were filed, the filing being of the a concave a kind (in which the front part of the teeth is filed away, so that the teeth thus treated become concave instead of convex).
In the Ulu Kelantan district the various Pangan tribes are also alleged to practise tooth-filing,1 and some of them are even said to blacken the teeth. I think, however, that with very little doubt, both this Pangan practice of tooth-filing and that of blackening the teeth (especially the latter) must have been of Malay origin. This last practice, at all events, is exceedingly rare among the wild tribes, though it is common enough with the Malays. Most of the Semang that we measured had had their teeth filed as described, but not one had them blackened.
Other Forms of Initiation.
All the Semang without exception deny that they ever circumcise or incise, except of course when they become converts to Mohammedanism.
Scarification or a Tattooing."
Kedah Semang.aThe actual practice of tattooing properly so called (i.e. skin-puncturation) is, so far as I was able to ascertain, unknown to the Negritos of Kedah, and even with regard to scarification the evidence is of the scantiest character, and it would
1 V.-St. mentions that he saw filed Pangan or Eastern SemangaaZ.f E. teeth among some " very black people, xxix. p. 180. The filing is performed in who lived on the boundary of the Kelantan, as in Kedah, with sandstone.1 V.-St. mentions that he saw filed Pangan or Eastern Semanga a Z.f E. teeth among some " very black people, xxix. p. 180. The filing is performed in who lived on the boundary of the Kelantan, as in Kedah, with sandstone.