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)
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
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?