Sarawak traditional handicrafts in danger of being lost

In a paper published in the Sarawak Museum Journal in August 1983, former Sarawak Museum director Lucas Chin came up with a list. The list is made of Sarawak traditional handicrafts he had observed would become extinct. It has been almost 40 years since Chin listed down these items. Going through the

What we can learn about Iban customs from Rev Edwin H. Gomes

Reverend Edwin Herbert Gomes was an Anglican missionary in Sarawak at the beginning of the twentieth century. During his 17 years of working here, he wrote several books about Sarawak including Seventeen Years Among the Sea Dyaks of Borneo (1911). He received permission from ethnologist Dr Charles Hose to use his photographs

Numbul and Bedukun, the Bisaya traditional healing ceremonies

Before there were doctors and nurses, the people of Sarawak relied on traditional healing ceremonies to cure sickness. Every ethnic group has its own healing ceremony, for example the Ibans have their pelian and the Melanau turn to berayun and berbayoh to heal the sick. For the Bisaya people in the Sarawak,

The Lun Bawang legend of a giant man named Temueng

Long time ago, there was a giant man named Temueng and his friend named Pengiran who first lived at Kemaloh in Kalimantan, Indonesia. According to legends, these people were believed to be the ancestors of Lun Bawang people. Benedict Sandin in his paper The Bisayah and Indigenous Peoples of Limbang, Sandin recorded

Get to know the three principal sources of Iban augury

Where were omens believed to have come from? Get to know the three principal sources of Iban augury In Iban augury, believers rely on different ways to receive indicative omens when making a decision or taking an action. The omens can be deliberately sought or accidentally encountered. According to Clifford Sather in his

How a magic mushroom caused people to speak in different languages

How everyone began speaking in different languages according to a Taman legend. Have you heard of Psilocybin mushroom? Widely known as 'magic mushroom', this type of fungi is usually consumed for its hallucinogenic effects. Once consumed, the person may experience euphoria and change in consciousness, mood and even perception. They may even experience