other charms Another cliarm for turning aside the enemy's bullets is a cocoanut to cause in- . , t9
vulncrability. Wlth one eye (ii sabbh matei) worn about the body '). Another kenbayspecific is a piece of rattan some sections of which are turned the wrong way. Malém Diwa was so fortunatc as to fincl such an awê sungsang, as it is called, of such length that he was able to fastcn it under his shoulders round breast and back. Nowadays such freaks of nature are only to be found of the length of a couple of sections.
Sfkin which0 Ccrtain Peculiar sPots on the skin, generally caused by disease, are pruduce in- a'so held to be signs or causes of invulnerability. Such for instance are the white freckles known as glnni, which reniain as scars upon the skin after a ccrtain discase. 1 his disease, (called gluiu or leuki) is saiil to begin between the fingers and in the region of the genitals and to cause violent irritation. It is supposed to be infectious 2). Malém Diwa had se\ en glums of the favourite shape known as gluui bin/ang or bungong. Such marks are considered by the Achehnesc to enhance the personal beauty of both sexes.
A sort of ring-worm called kurab beusoê or iron kurab, which manifests ïtsclf in large rust-coloured and intensely itching spots on the body, is supposed to confer invulnerability, especially if it forms a girdle around the waist. I his disease is also very infectious. When it begins to declare itself, the patiënt is asked by his friends whether he lias been having recourse to a du a beusoc ("iron prayer"), as it is supposed that the kurab beusbe can be brouglit about by the mysterious craft connected with iron.
ofweapon"" Whcrc so much depends 011 the efficacy of weapons as in Acheh, it is not surprising that the èlcumec which teaches how to distinguish good weapons from bad is regarded as of high importance. This art lias been to a great extent (thougli with ccrtain modifications) adopted from the Malays. 1 he Achehnesc regard the Malays of Trcngganu and the Hitgis as the great authorities on the subject.
1 he forger of weapons lias his special eleutiièë, which according to our huropean notions would contribute exceedinyly little to the value of tlieii wares, thougli the Achehnesc think quite the contrary. Kqually
1) Teuku Nè' had such a cocoanut abuut him on his journey to Keumala.
2) Oil of kavu-putih or the roots of ktië/i or langkueuih pounded fine and mixed with vinegar are employed as remedies. Some strike the rash with a twig of the shrub called leuki. This last remedy is of course an example of superstition with regard to names, as it is based on the resemblance of the name of the plant to that of the disease.