Ethnologue (Gordon 2005) estimates that there are about 6,900 languages spoken around the worldtoday. It is also estimated that only 4% of the globe’s 6 billion people speak 96% of the world’slanguages (Crystal 2000). Nettle and Romaine (2000) estimate that about half the known languages in the world have disappeared over thepast 500 years and… Continue reading Homogenized
Taken from Learn Miriek. Miriek are very different from Daleik and most people nowadays confuse between the two. The Miriek were originally interior people of the Miri River ( Likoh Miraik), Padang Liku and Sg. Taniku area. They were forced into a coastal habitat as a result of the downriver expansion of the Kayan around… Continue reading The Jati Miriek
From The Star 27 June 2011: Author extreme right Anak Borneo made an appearance at the annual Miri Red Crescent Dance for Humanity 2011. They brought a Bahau (of Kalimantan) dance, the Tarian Hudoq. The Hudoq dance is also practiced in Sarawak by the Dayaks, but not as widely or as intricate as the… Continue reading Tarian Hudoq Bahau
Living in Sarawak is unlike any other experience. Without sounding too cliched, the numerous ethnic groups (about 60 plus on last count) that populate the state makes for a very diverse and colorful environment. We probably have more cultural festivals (Borneo) combined than any other place in the world. Living with neighbours that differ so… Continue reading I am HARAM, is it?
There are many subgroups of the “Bidayuh” spread across Kuching, Padawan, Bau, Penrissen, Samarahan and Serian. Each subgroups are named after specific geographical references, namely rivers, hills, plants or mountains. The question that’s always been nagging me is how distinct are difference between each subgroup? Is it mere geography or is the language/culture also vastly… Continue reading A thought