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Pa kamumo deata mamase, kamumo puaf} sa'pala buda. 201 Apa Ia umbalik bombarJmo' randan dipudukku sule maf}kali oto', Ia umpasule uaimo' clara' lef}ko lilaku tibalik ma'porJka paromporJ. 202 Af}ku tundan saf}deatammi Ian kapadarJanna, kurujaf} SarJkapuarJammi Ian kapajan-pajananna. 203 Iamo deata kisarJo'koran, iamo puaf} kisaf}eSurJan. 204 Iamo deata kitimba bubunna, puaf} kisiok mef}gulilif}na. 205 Deata kilellerJ kajunna, puaf} kiala tanan-tananana, kikalette' utan malunanna. 206 Deatanna pole padaf} di Kesu', puarJna pole padaf} di Beloara'.

For remarks on PuafJ Matua and To Kaubanan, see the introduction to the consecration invocation for the buffalo. PuafJ Matua =The Old Lord, God in the Centre of the Firmament. lel'jko lila= words spoken in regular order. ma'po1Jka parompof) =to tum over the ground by digging. to paafJanan = that which shades, covers; it is the parallel of lai'Ji' = firmament For remarks on PuafJ Bassi-bassian and PuafJ Ambo-amboan, see the introduction to the consecration invocation for the buffalo. t}i kapa'urande-randean.

Tagari is a fragrant kind of grass (Dianella ensifolia), the root and stems of which are burnt as incense at the offerings to the gods. ra'bui'J (Mal. rebuf'J) =old bamboo shoots which are no longer eatable. In the poetical language, ra'bu'J is the parallel of tallal'j =bamboo. The leaf ribs of the sugar palm, wrapped round with kapok in different places, which are mentioned in this strophe, are set upright at the top of the bamboo struts of the offering table 26 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 THE MEROK FEAST OF THE SA'DAN TORADJA Apa umbai limbo«Jmo nene' bu13a' mellao lMJi' inde barira banuanna to ma'rapu tallaJ3, umbai tasikmo to dolo kapuat}anna to ma13anna sa113ka' inde rampe matampu'.

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