ABOUT THE EDITOR
Dr. Arnoud H. Klokke, the translator, after studying medicine at
Leiden University, was appointed District Medical Officer in 1949
for the Kapuas region, Central Kalimantan, a district the size of
the Netherlands. Of necessity, he learned the Ngaju Dayak
language and observed their various customs.
Later Klokke carried out the national anti-yaws campaign in his
district, which involved traveling for months to remote parts of
the district. In 1952, Klokke was adopted by two Ngaju Dayak
families. In 1954, Klokke was seconded to the National Headquaters
of the Anti-yaws compaign at Jogyakarta and took his doctoral degree
at the Gajah Mada University on an epidemiological and serological
study of yaws. In 1955, he returned to Kalimantan.
His work in Indonesia came to an end in 1959 due to the confrontation
between his country and Indonesia. He then became Professor
of Dermatology, University of Groningen, and is now Professor Emeritus.
More than half of his career in Indonesia was shared by his wife,
the physician Ada Coster. Her mother, an orientalist, had
unintentionally prepared her daughter for life in Kalimantan, by
providing her with pictures from Nieuwenuis’s book (907) Quer
durch Borneo, at times when she was suffering from childhood disease.
Klokke’s unique background has enabled him to provide a definitive
translation with annotations of this important text, the first by
an indigenous religious practitioner in Kalimantan.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface - Anne L. Schiller
Dr. Arnold H. Klokke: A Biographical Sketch of the Indonesian
Part of his Career - Arnoud H. Klokke
1. Peres Tuntang Ampin Tatambae Hong Utus Ngaju DayakBDiseases
and Their Medication Among the Ngaju Dayak People
2. PanyangkaBMagic Spells
3. MarabonBSmoking Out
4. Hadat Agama Oloh Helo Amon Batihi ManakB Religious Traditions
of Our Incestors About Pregnancy and Childhood
5. MalambongBOffering a Sacrificial Boat
6. Amon Oloh Haban Inguan Mahapan Oloh Tukang BadewaBWhen a Patient
is Cared For By People Who Use a Healer (tabit) Who Calls Up Dewa
Appendix: Vernacular Names of Plants and Trees