State of Sarawak Local Customs

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State of Sarawak Local Customs

  • Indigenous People Eating Etiquette

    I was mostly around Kayan culture but I think these customs apply to most indigenous people in Borneo. I am not passing any judgment. This is just the way things are. It is a male-dominated, mostly Christian culture, as opposed to the male-dominated, mostly Muslim culture of peninsular Malaysia. You may experience the men eating at a separate table...

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  • Kayan Dancing

    One advantage of having the Petronas retreat at the Tenyok Rimba jungle resort while I was there was the Kayan dancing on the last morning. The retreat group included several local dignitaries, guides and staff. Since there was a karoke machine, they started playing sape (Borneo "guitar") music, which inspired the locals to do a little dancing for...

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  • Local tribes

    There are several ethnic groups in Sarawak, each with their own distinct language and culture. They have all lived for centuries in harmony with their environment. The most important of these tribes are the Iban. Although they used to practise headhunting in the past, they are now really friendly for the sake of tourism and pleased to welcome...

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  • Blow Flute With Nose !

    The Berawan are a minor tribe mostly found in the Mulu jungles.You'll chance upon them if you visit the Mulu Park.

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  • Penan People

    The Penan, like other nomadic hunter-gatherers, enjoy an egalitarian society. There are no social classes. There is no wealth or poverty, and all food is shared. Each band has a headman who acts as a spokesperson but wields no power. Although certain tasks are reserved for men and others for women, there is no obvious sexual inequality, and neither...

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  • Drying Black Pepper in the sun

    We saw the ibans drying their black pepper on their bambu-made porches. And the chinese used plates.

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  • Weapons don't mean danger

    Many of the indigenous people we travelled with in the Borneo rain forest were armed to the teeth, both with knives and rifles. They weren't carrying them for self-protection but use them to hunt for food, build shelters, etc.It's a bit of a culture shock when you sit next to someone on an aeroplane with a rifle between his knees, but you soon get...

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