The Dayak Taman people is a small indigenous group found in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
There are roughly 30,000 people in this ethnic group. Apart from the Embaloh language, the Taman language is not close to other languages in Borneo.
However, like any other Dayak groups in Borneo, the Taman people have many
Legend has it that in Paku river at Nanga Anyut, there is a stone of three petrified women called Batu Indai Binjut.
In ancient times before the Paku region was populated by the Ibans the area sparsely inhabited by an ancient tribe of people called the Baketan.
The last of their
The name Santubong is widely known among Sarawakians as the name of a mountain located in Sarawak.The common myth is that the mountain takes its name after a celestial princess. But what other origin stories are there behind the name Santubong?
The legend of Princess Santubong
The common understanding of the legend
Here is an Iban legend of comedic hero Apai Saloi being a glutton over smoked deer meat:
One day, Apai Saloi took his wife and children to stay at their farm hut.
There, he went to the edge of his paddy field to catch a deer for its meat. After they
Who said only the Greek or Germanic peoples had interesting mythology? Here in Sarawak, we too have plenty of intriguing stories of deities and gods.
Before we know how Raja Simpulang Gana became the God of Agriculture for the Iban community, here is a little background story of his family:
If you are not familiar with the legend of a swan maiden, it is a mythical creature who shape-shifts from human to swan form.
The basic story line of this legend is that the male character spies on the maiden while bathing (which is considered sexual harassment by today's standards).
The Selako people are an indigenous group found mostly in West Kalimantan, Indonesia and the western part of Sarawak, Malaysia.
Although they are grouped under Bidayuh by the Malaysian government, they have their own unique culture and language which bear little resemblance to other Bidayuh groups.
Here is a Selako
Sebuyau is a small Sarawakian town located between Sri Aman and Simunjan.
The legend of Nensang Kanau and the Giant spirit
According to a legend, all Sebuyau people are descended from a woman called Nensang Kanau who lived near Bukit Semabang in Ulu Simunjan Kiri.
One day, she went to
The story of petrification is common around the world, the oldest in Western literature probably being the tale of Medusa. Even here in Sarawak, many have heard stories and folktales of how people or buildings have turned into stone.
Here is one story of that is actually very similar to
Poison always plays a role in a legend or fairy tale. The most famous example is in Snow White where the evil queen gave the princess a poisoned apple.
Here in Borneo, we have our own version of how poison came about and it came from the mountainous part of