The Seping are among the few tiny ethnic minorities that have survived assimilation by bigger groups and exist today as a distinct community, keeping their cultural identity and language intact. They claim to be the first group to occupy the Belaga River region and have left their mark on the landscape as proof of that.… Continue reading The Seping of Belaga and Tinjar
A Lahanan man (Taken from larskrutak.com) We Lahanan are amongst the oldest inhabitants of the Batang Balui. Our ancestors, as with all those people originating from the Apau Kayan, the high plateau in the centre of Borneo, trace our source to a forest giant. One by one as each person emerged from this giant tree… Continue reading The Lahanan of the Balui
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A Kelabit girl wearing the much valued beads. A young aristocrat with leopard fangs in his upper earlobe. Kelabit aristocrats A kelabit aristicrat with his most valuable jar (among the most valued) in Bario. A father and son going for an irau.
The Sumpas subgroup is among the biggest group currently residing in Serian. Folklore passed down through generations says that their ancestors were devils/spirits who eventually became human with the assistance of Datu Merpati (who appears in many legends as the forefather – together with Padat a Sungkung Dayak – of the Bidayuhs in Serian, a… Continue reading The Bidayuh Sadong: Sumpas subgroup