Food Is Brought
There, And While The Door Is Left Open The Newly Wedded Eat Meat And A
Stew Of Nangka Seasoned With Red Pepper And Salt, The Guests Eating At The
After the meal the bridegroom gives everybody tuak, and people
go home the same evening unless they become drunk, which often happens.
The young married couple remain one year with the bride's parents.
AGRICULTURAL PURSUITS - FACTS ABOUT ULU-OTS, THE WILD MEN OF
BORNEO - TAKING LEAVE OF THE INTERESTING DUHOI - A VISIT TO THE UPPER
KATINGANS - DANCING - FRIENDLY NATIVES - DOWN THE KATINGAN RIVER
When about to make a new ladang one fowl is sacrificed in the morning and
the blood, with the usual addition of rice, is thrown up in the air by the
husband or wife as a present to antoh, the meat being reserved for home
consumption. On arrival at the selected place they carry the sharpening
stone some distance into the utan where a portion of the same mixture is
applied to it. A few weeks are devoted to cutting down the jungle, and
then about a month must pass before the felled trees, bushes, and vines
are dry enough to burn.
On the day chosen for burning the wood a winnowing tray, on which the
outline of a human form has been crudely drawn with charcoal, is hung in
the house. The picture represents a good antoh named Putjong and he is
solicited to make the wind blow. When starting the fire every one yells
"hoi," thereby calling the winds.
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