A god of the underworld, of illness and disease, and smallpox. He is a god of persecution, from which he also relieves if offerings are appropriate.
Peres is identified with Jata in his desire to undo the good works of Mahatala and introduced death into the creation of man, yet is also believed to have taught the Ngaju their craft. Cp. Peres (Ot Danum).
- Scharer, Hans. (1963). Ngaju Religion, trans. Rodney Needham. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, pp. 21-23, 52.