The Kenyah Peselai, and the aftermath of Konfrontasi

A Kenyah peselai group, 1930, with Dutch photographer HF Tillema Peselai, an ancient ritual of the Kenyahs of Borneo, is a coming of age journey undertaken by men to discover new lands, wealth and trading. It is the equivalent of the Iban’s bejalai. … peselai is a rite of passage with deep roots to the… Continue reading The Kenyah Peselai, and the aftermath of Konfrontasi

Languages of Borneo

The indigenous languages of Borneo is divided into 10 subgroups (Hudson 1978). The Malayic subgroup includes Iban and Malay. The diversity and relative archaism of the Malayic languages spoken in West Borneo suggest that the Malayic homeland may have been in this area. The Tamanic languages are close enough to the South Sulawesi languages to… Continue reading Languages of Borneo