Among the Semang people, their totemic belief and custom do not carry with them a superstructure of society.
All possess the bow and arrow, though only the Semang and Aeta use poison.
Many of these are as much fairer than the Malays as the Semang are darker.
The Sakai or Senoi are jungle folk, some of whom have mixed with Semang and other peoples.
A scanty garment of bark cloth was formerly worn, and, like the Semang, they make fringed girdles from a black thread-like fungus.
To these significant characteristics has to be added the special birth custom and belief of the Semang pygmies.
If this is so, it is clear that the parallel between Semang and Arunta totemism is considerably closer than at first appears.
The Semang of Perak is somewhat less rude, and speaks a different dialect.
The parallel between Semang and Arunta, therefore, helps us in two ways.