Are Intelligent And Brave And Do Not Break A Contract; In Fact, You Can
Trust Their Word More Completely Than That Of The Majority Of Common White
Neither men nor women are bashful or backward, but they are always
busy, always on the move - to the ladang, into the jungle, building a
Murder by one of the same tribe is unknown and a lonely
stranger is quite safe in the kampong, where they do not like to kill
Among the Kenyahs and Kayans and many other tribes are found distinct
social strata, upper, middle, and low. The first class ranks as a sort of
nobility and until recent times had slaves, who were kindly treated. The
members of the second class have less property, but they are active in
blacksmithing, making prahus, determining the seasons by astronomical
observations, etc. These well-bred Dayaks are truthful and do not steal.
In their conception a thief will have to carry around the stolen goods on
his head or back in the next life, forever exposed to scorn and ridicule.
Third-class people are descendants of slaves and, according to the
posthouder at Long Pangian, himself a Dayak, they are the more numerous on
the Kayan River. These may tell lies, and ten per cent of them are apt to
appropriate small articles, but they never steal money.
The Kenyah woman is most independent, and may travel unaccompanied by
another woman with a party of men for days, sleeping aside, separate from
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