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Identifier: javasumatraother00caba
Title: Java, Sumatra and the other islands of the Dutch East Indies
Year: 1914 (1910s)
Authors: Cabaton, Antoine, b. 1863 Miall, Bernard, 1876-
Publisher: New York, C. Scribner's sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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matter of diet than the majority of semi-civilisedraces, and are greatly given to large banquets, at whichthey conscientiously over-eat themselves, and drink anoften immoderate quantity of palm-wine or toddy.Their diet consists of rice, sago, various vegetables,fruits, young shoots of bamboo or rattan, the head ofthe cabbage-palm, and meat and fish, fresh, salted, ordried. Salt is their favourite condiment. They chewbetel and smoke tobacco. Their houses, built of wood and elevated on piles, andoften surrounded by little gardens containing sugar-cane,betel, and pimento, are neat and clean. Sometimes thewhole village—as among certain semi-civilised peoplesof Indo-China—consists of one immensely long house,divided into as many compartments as there are families.The village nearly always possesses a communal house,raised upon piles like the rest, very large and well built,where public deliberations take place. Large banquetsare held there, and the bachelors and guests of the tribe 1||

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BORNEO 315 make use of it as their dormitory, as with the Bahnars ofIndo-China. The ordinary appHances of Hfe, such as furniture,cooking utensils and agricultural implements, are veryrudimentary among the Dyaks; but they are greatlovers of music, dancing, tales and riddles, and, againlike the Bahnars, they collect metal gongs and certainkinds of vessels which may become the homes ofprotecting spirits. In the interior they are not great hunters,.but in suchhunting as they pursue their weapon is the spear or thebow ; snares and traps are more commonly used. Theirfavourite game is the deer, whose flesh they dry. Theyare more energetic as fishermen, and their rivers areplentifully stocked, while on the coast the celebratedtrubuk is often encountered in shoals. The Dyakscultivate a little rice and a few sweet potatoes in a veryprimitive manner, and without much enthusiasm; butthey feed principally on the products of the forest. Marriage among the Dyaks is sometimes exogamic,sometimes endog

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