THE OMENS OBSERVED DURING A WAR EXPEDITION
After Singalang Burong had finished teaching Sera Gunting the omens generally used for farming and other kinds of work, he told him that he would not explain to him the omens used by warriors when they go to war, as later he would ask him to join a war expedition led by his son-in-law Ketupong.
During the preparation for the warpath, Singalang Burong equipped Sera Gunting with his most effective war charms in the form of a taring babi (boar’s tusk), a bamboo shoot stone (batu tubu) and a deer’s horn (tandok rusa).
“All these charms,” he said, “will cause you to kill your foes successfully.” Besides equipping him with war charms, he also lent him his own nyabor knife which he had used to kill a number of enemies. “If you are unable to slay your foes after you have been equipped with my own charms and war knife,” he said, “you can never expect to be successful in future wars.”