Pañji, The Culture Hero: A Structural Study of Religion in by W.H. Rassers

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He tramples the rice plants and ploughs up the ground. Vishnu helps, it is true, and kills him, but from his blood there come numerous harmful animals and parasites. 29 Help comes once again from the zs See above p. 12. 29 It is nevertheless by no means out of the question that even these details go back to a classification and that actually those animals which are usually found near certain vegetation, on which they feed, are counted by the Javanese as belonging to the same group as that to which that vegetation belongs.

Cf. for instance Dr. P. Wirz, Die Mariud-a11im von Holla11disch-Siid Nert-Guinea. (1922) I Band, Teil II, p. 21, where he remarks that, with the Marind-anim, certain types of plant together with the "Schmarotzer und Parasiten" living on it, are considered as belonging to one "mythological-totemistic related group". ON THE MEANING OF JAVANESE DRAMA 29 right phratry, M~<;lang-agung; the vermin are overcome and killed by magic means, the bull and the buffalo are spared, but they are tamed and made into domestic animals.

H. RASSERS arenga palm the story goes on to tell of the god Pritanjala, who guards the north-eastern world (and so belongs to the right phratry), who wonders wherever his two brothers Kanekaputra and Vishnu can be. Apparently the representatives of the two halves of the tribe have disappeared, not just one but both of them. He now changes himself into a little black bird (the emprit) and, attracted by the sweet scent of the rice, alights and helps himself to it; but the guardians of the rice chase him away and he hides among the flower stalks of the arenga palm.

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