Long ago, there was an aristocratic lady of exceptional beauty and exemplary behaviour from the Kayan community of Central Borneo, named Hunyang Lahe or Unyaang Bulaan. She was loved and adored by all who knew her for her kindness, humility and grace.
This is a story from the times of old, when we were still living in the heart of the rainforest, by the rivers and hills.
Rasang is a shamanic altar used by the Bidayuh during harvest. At a certain part of the ritual the Dayung Borih (female shamans) would circle around it as they chant to call the spirits to inhabit the Rasang and to get their blessings for future harvest.
In times of old and having lived through hardship, some people would have learnt to acquire a sort of spiritual protection for themselves from any kind of harm.
Generally, it is customary for the organising host to bid farewell to their invited guests with handshakes, hugs or other friendly gestures at the end of a formal function or celebration. For the Kenyah and Kayan, we have a unique and amusing custom called petavo (Kenyah) or pusut angah (Kayan), to send off our guests at the end of large community gatherings.
One day, Apai Saloi went to trap birds. Not long after he set his trap, it caught many kinds of fowls, such as rhinoceros hornbills, helmeted hornbills and other kinds of big birds.
(This is Tuesday Tales, where we highlight folklores and personal stories from indigenous peoples from all across Borneo. These are stories shared with us. We strive
(This is Tuesday Tales, where we highlight folklores and personal stories from indigenous peoples from all across Borneo. These are stories shared with us. We
(This is the beginning of our Tuesday Tales, where we highlight folklores from indigenous communities from all across Borneo. These are stories personally shared with