- smoke, incense
O memang drika ring tengah kawah ampun wenten asap. Tanggal 19 tiang munggah muncul 4 titik asep. Setelah nika, pun kenten tanggal 29 asap nika menambah malih 4, kenten.[example 1]
Yeah ... sure ... there in the centre of the crater there is smoke. On the 19th I went up and there were 4 points where smoke was coming out. After that .... on the 29th there were 4 more. That's how it was.
Asep menyan maja gau; Tendas lengar matopong kau.[example 2]
This is really not a proverb, but, rather, just a “fun” rhyme or joke that is said about a bald man. The first phrase doesn’t mean anything. Literally translated it is: Smoke of Maja Gau incense. Maja Gau, of Majugau, is a wood that I widely used to produce smoke that has a nice aroma, as a substitute for sandalwood in a “Pengasepan”. The second phrase is “bald head with a hat made of kau”. “Kau” is half of an empty coconut shell. “Matapong” means “wearing a hat”. You say the second phrase to “give sense to“ the first phrase. You have to elide a bit of the second to make its meter correspond to the first.
- F. Eiseman, Proverbs. 1987