Niti Daun 2018

2018 saw the first time a Gawai cultural parade was held in the heart of Kuching ever since the 90s. Niti Daun is commonly performed in Iban longhouses or villages before Gawai. It was an amazing display of indigenous cultural identity, despite the heat. The day began with clear blue skies and despite a temporary… Continue reading Niti Daun 2018

Evolution of the Kenyah cosmology

The Kenyahs are highly artistic people living in the interiors of Borneo. Unlike their Orang Ulu counterpart the Kayan, Kenyah is a collective term for groups of people sharing a similar culture and linguistic origin, yet distinct from the Kayan. Oral traditions has it that the Kenyahs arrived from across the sea (China?) and landed… Continue reading Evolution of the Kenyah cosmology

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)