My family and I celebrated Gawai early this year. Yesterday to be exact. Together with my Mum’s birthday, we decided to do an informal Gawai gathering. Partly for my bro who couldn’t take leave for Gawai this year, and also missed Gawai last year. So we cooked Gawai food. So on my off day, it… Continue reading Ohh Cap Apek
The Bidayuh constitute about 8% of the Sarawak population, numbering about 200,000 people. What are the Bidayuh? “The humanists of the Dayak world, Bidayuh are tolerant of human idiosyncrasies and occasional excesses, most of which they realistically assess as absurd but harmless, seeking the peacemaking and healing course through the despairs and abrasions of this… Continue reading A Bidayuh history
What is a modern Dayak? In the minds of many, it’s a contradicting phrase. The word Dayak tend to conjure up images of preliterate people, living in the hinterlands, practicing shifting agriculture, living off the land. The Dayak philosophy of being in harmony with nature, body, mind and spirit. The word modern denotes higher standard… Continue reading It’s okay, it’s alright, it’s enough
(Photo source: Mattias Klum) You can find many texts on the migration of prehistoric humans across early landmass. So instead of going into the boring hypothetical assumptions that litter other anthropology books, let me tell you a story. In a remote corner of the world, an island lie quietly among the seas and oceans. It… Continue reading A Bidayuh Legend: Origin
To the average Malaysian (by that I mean the ones from Lepehland), Dayak means natives who still live on trees and ride turtles to Malaya (yes, some people still call it that). Actually, they generalize. If you’re from Borneo, oh well, it’s so green. There can’t possibly be cars right? (Sourced from Wikipedia) At risk… Continue reading Dayak tu ape?
To address the comments of one of my readers on the identity of the Jati Miriek, whom I mentioned termed themselves Melayu Kedayan, is that they used to call themselves that, but now are tyring to preserve their identity. Linguistically and culturally they are more akin to the Lakiput, Lun Bawang or Kajang, but because… Continue reading Religion is all right, it’s the people.