Sundancse by Dr. Engelmann '), but the details are entircly different
In the Achchne.se the plande' poses both as the murderer and as the
assessor of king Solomon vvho helps the latter to decide the issue of
the interminable lawsuit. In this respect the Achehnese version much
more closely resembles the Batak tale of 'the otter and the roebuck"
(sec the Batak Reader of H. N. van der Tuuk, part 4, pp. 86 et seq.).
Bhaih 3. The man, the crocodile, the pestle, the rice-mortar, the
winnowing basket and the plandö' (Ingratitude the reward of kindness).
A similar fablc appears in the Javanese Kanchil J).
Bhaih 4. The plandö' and the elephant out fishing; the elephant slain by men.
Bhaih 5. The tiger cheated by the plandö', who palms off on him
buffalo's dung as Raja Slimeum's ') food, a lhan-snake as his head-cloth,
a wasp's nest as his gong, and two trees grating against one another
as hts violin. Part of this is the same in Jav.; the deceit with the
wasps nest, whicli is wanting in the Javanese versions, appears in another
01 m in II. C. Klinkerts Bloemlezing (Leiden 1890), pp. 50—54. The
Sundancse dongeng which 1 mentioned undcr Bhaih 1, puts the ape in
the tiger s place, and the tortoise in that of the mouse-deer. The dung
in there represented as the boreh ♦) of Batara Guru and the snakc as
lus girdle, and in the conclusion the ape misled by the voice of the
tortoise becomes so enraged against his own person that he mutilates
li miself and dies. According to another version he did not die but the
rcsult of his violcnce was that his descendants wcre born emasculate ').
Bhaih 6. The heritage of steel and salt, the king, the plandö' and
the burning sea. This is a variant of what wc find in the Kalila dan
Damina cd. Gonggrijp, p. 128 et scq., but the Achehnese version is prettier.
Bhaih 7. The plandö', the ram, the tiger and the bear. The tiger is
1) In the fiijJragen van het Koninklijk Ne,/. Instituut, 3-I Series Vol II n ,,g ct scq. ' * ' 1"
2) Sec Dr. J. liramies' notes in Notulen Katar. Genootschap Vol. XXXI n 7g ct seo
3) The Prophet king Solomon is elsewhere always ealled Sulóyman by the Achehnese even >n this hikayat where the mouse-deer appears as his assessor; but in this one fablc the torm blimcum is invariably used.
4) A yellow eosmetie with which the skin is smeared on certain eeremonial occasions.
5) With tlus may be now also compared the tales numbered II/- and 11/ in I)r. N Adriao^ Samghrtatht teksten (Hij,!ragen Kon. Tnst. voor de Taaltan,/, en Volkenkunde
r year 1893, p. 32, et seq.). As we see, the (ale of the wasps' nest is not, as the above-mentioned author supposed, a Sangirese innovation.