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Batek Location.  About 700 to 800 Batek, an Orang Asli society (Malay for “Original People”) live in the forests of  Peninsular Malaysia, many in the Taman Negara National Park and surrounding areas. Economy.  The economy of the Batek is based on gathering, hunting, and collecting forest products for  trade, with occasional crop planting on a small scale. They have no concept of land ownership—the idea is  absurd to them—and natural resources in the forest cannot be owned until someone harvests them. Wild  foods and forest products are available for anyone who wants to take them. People who discover resources  in the forest, such as a wild fruit tree, will share the knowledge with the band with no further special rights to  it. An exception might be fruits from the orchards in the river valleys, where people might resent individuals  from another valley taking them. Beliefs that Foster Peacefulness.  The Batek believe that one of their diseases,  ke'oy , consisting of fever,  depression, shortness of breath, and weakness, is caused when someone is angry with another without  justification. While there are some spells that may help, the cure for the disease is for the person who is  angry to control his or her feelings so the victim can recover. The person responsible for the problem treats  the victim with various folk remedies, tells the victim's heart to be cool, blows on his or her chest for the  cooling effect, and grasps and throws away the disease. This belief in  ke'oy  helps ensure that the Batek treat  each other well, since victims receive group backing and angry people, who cause disease, may lose social 
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2011 for the course HUMANITIES 1A03 taught by Professor Mett during the Spring '11 term at McMaster University.

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