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The Voice of the Stone of Destiny. 47

must not be forgotten that among many peoples, horses were sacred animals. They were sacrificed to the gods ; they were looked upon as in the counsels of the gods ; their neighing was a favourable omen. It is therefore not at all improbable that Herodotus is here recording the mode of choice actually adopted.^

Similarly in the annals of Keddah, a portion of the Malay Peninsula, there is a story of a rajah who was dethroned and fled. His nobles and queen sent to the King of Siam for a new ruler. He, having consulted his astrologers, was advised that the true heir to the throne could only be dis- covered by a supernaturally intelligent elephant, named Kamala Jauhari, which was wandering about on the confines of Kedda and Patani. When the envoys brought back the message to the Kedda chiefs, they decked the palace for a fete. Then all the people held a fast for seven days and

nights On the night of the seventh day the ditpa

and incense were burned, and all sorts of perfumes were diffused around, and at the same time the name of the super-intelligent elephant was invoked toattendupon thefour tnantris [nobles] . Immediately almost there was a sound, like the rushing of a coming tempest, from the East, with earthquakes, agitations and terrific sounds. In the midst of all this uproar the terrified spectators were delighted to see Kamala Jauhari standing at the hall, and thrusting up her trunk into it. The four mantris instantly rubbed her with cosmetics and sweet-smelling oils, rubbing these over its whole body. Then a meal was served up to it, and put into its mouth. The state howdah was now placed on its back, along with all its appurtenances, curtains and hanging. Then one of the mantris read the King of Siam's letter close to the ear of Kamala Jauhari, acquainting her that she was expected to assist in finding out a rajah for Kedda by all

' Grimm has collected instances, Teutonic Mythology, translated by Stally- brassjvol. i., p. 47, vol. ii., p 658, vol. iv., pp. 1301, 1481. Also von Negelein, in Zeitschrift des Verehis fiir Volkskunde, vol. x., pp. 408, sqi^.