Iban folktales: How the Iban learnt to plant rice Part 1

A long time ago, in the deep jungles of Borneo, lived a fierce tribe called the Ibans. They were hunter gatherers, living off the bountiful fruits of the jungle. Wild tapioca and yam, fruits as well as wild animals were part of their daily meals. In a longhouse with three hundred families, there was a… Continue reading Iban folktales: How the Iban learnt to plant rice Part 1

The Female Iban Attire (Ngepan Indu Iban)

The Iban ngepan (or traditional attire) is generally worn for special occasions (Gawai), ceremonies, rituals and dances. The Iban comprises about 30% of Sarawak’s population, with varying differences in terms of dialect, tradition and ngepan. Most famous of the use and promotion of the ngepan in current times is for the Kumang Gawai. Kumang is… Continue reading The Female Iban Attire (Ngepan Indu Iban)

Iban oral literature (Rituals)

I will attempt to describe some of the Ibans oral literature applied for various rituals and ceremonies. Some are still practised today, while most are forgotten or became redundant as head hunting became a thing of the past. 1. Timang: is a form of ritual chant or invocation, a complex and elaborate Iban oral literature… Continue reading Iban oral literature (Rituals)

The tattooed man is the perfect and sacred man

Tattooing is a major cultural aspect among the Dayak. Till today, many sport traditional designs beside contemporary ones, both men and women. It was not so back in the old days. The Dayak believe that everything has a spiritual aspect, interconnected with each other. Man, bird, trees, all are different yet connected to one another… Continue reading The tattooed man is the perfect and sacred man

Borneo Hornbill Festival 2012 by Warisan Sarawak

Keling 2012 Ricky Jores wearing the ethnic Bidayuh warrior’s costume (finally a Bidayuh won!) Congratulations to the winners of the Kumang, Keligit and Keling of Borneo Hornbill Festival 2012 and the dancing teams this year. May the event run for years to come and be successful! Kumang Bidayuh: Theodosia Elicia Wilrode (Winner), Jessica Go (2nd… Continue reading Borneo Hornbill Festival 2012 by Warisan Sarawak