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- proper noun An
ethnic groupliving mainly on the southwest coastof the islandof Sumatra, on the slopesof the Barisan mountain range, in the provinceof Bengkulu, Indonesia.
- proper noun Their
- noun A member of this group.
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We arrived off the mouth after a pleasant run of seven hours along the coast, and entered the river Rejang, which is here four miles broad.
The opening up of large tracts of swamp land covering the whole area of the Rejang delta seemed to be working really well.
The Rejang river is at last in a fair way of becoming an important one, and the tribes living along its banks are gradually getting to understand that trade is preferable to head hunting, for, within the last fifteen months, but one case has occurred in the Residency.
This is a perfectly hard light green substance, very much the size and shape of a thrush's egg, which is found in the interior of a peculiar species of monkey inhabiting Rejang.
The most powerful and civilised of these tribes are the Kayans, who extend from Rejang far into the dominions of the Sultan of Brunei, and, besides these, the Poonans, Pakatans, and Ukits, but the latter are generally supposed to be the wildest specimens of the human race yet met with in Borneo.
The population of Rejang is roughly estimated at 103,000, but the difficulties of obtaining anything like an accurate census are obvious.
The exports of Rejang are many, the principal ones being gutta-percha, rattans, and bilian wood.
Mosquito nets were unnecessary, none of these pests existing so far inland; but we were much persecuted during the day by a large red-and-black painted fly, which inflicts a very painful and poisonous bite, and is very numerous on the upper Rejang.
A linen waist-cloth was Jok's only garment, while around his waist was slung the deadly "Parang ilang," its sheath ornamented with tufts of human hair, trophies of the wearer's prowess on the war-path, for Jok's bravery is renowned throughout the Rejang district.
The former, which I have already described, is principally used to convey the Raja to the various out-stations, while the _Ghita_ is stationed at Sibu on the Rejang river.