How Dayak peacemaking ceremonies were carried out during the 19th century?

Modern day peacemaking usually has some hand-shaking gesture and official announcement in front of the media if it has gathered public interest. In 19th century Sarawak, peacemaking ceremonies back then were somehow more interesting. It usually involved some kind of tajau (jar) being exchanged and sometimes even human sacrifice. Here, KajoMag

A Melanau legend of a mouse-deer, a deer and a pig

Known as "pelanduk" in Malay and Iban, a mouse-deer belongs to the genus Tragulus of even-toed ungulates. It belongs to the same family of lesser mouse-deer or kancil. While the lesser mouse-deer is known for its cunning behavior in Indonesian and Malaysian folktales, the Melanau community of Sarawak also have

The legend of seven brothers and the Kinabatangan cave

Today, Kinabatangan is the capital of Kinabatangan district in Sabah’s Sandakan Division. But many generations ago, there was a cave in this area that mythical princesses called home. British explorer Frank Hatton recorded many legends and stories when he came to North Borneo (Sabah) working as a geologist.

12 Indonesia-Malaysia combats during Konfrontasi you should know

Also known as Konfrontasi, the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation was an undeclared war with most of the battles happening between Kalimantan (Indonesia) and East Malaysia. The confrontation was a result from Indonesia’s opposition to the creation of Malaysia. Initially, Indonesian attacks on East Malaysia comprised of local volunteers trained by the Indonesian

Looking back at Adenan Satem’s form six essay “Democracy”

Affectionately known as ‘Tok Nan’, Tan Sri Pehin Sri Adenan Satem (1944-2017) was the fifth Chief Minister of Sarawak. When he was young, Adenan went to St. Joseph’s Primary School before continuing his studies at St. Joseph’s Secondary School. As a sixth form student, he was part of the committee

Two tales of koklir you probably never heard of

If we were to name one female ghost you should never mess with, the Iban folktale figure koklir is somewhere on top of our list. Other ghosts such as pontianak or balan-balan are tame compared to the koklir, because they are known to kill men by taking their testicles. What