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
Although it seemed that the Chebup were peaceful people when they were driven out of Usun Apau, legend has it that they were the ones who started the practice of headhunting. Of course, this is another oral history passed down. Tokong is claimed as ancestor by the Chebups and by the Punans. The Chebups attribute… Continue reading Tokong: The first headhunter of Borneo (?)
The map above was created in the 1300s based on the coordinates given in Ptolemy’s Geographica, the most systematic account of the whole world known to man in the 2nd century. Ptolemy was a Roman citizen living in Egypt, a scientist who wrote on astronomy, geography and astrology. I looked up the map and tried… Continue reading Borneo: People with tails?!!
(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