Tuesday Tales

Tuesday Tales #13: End of Harvest (Part 3)

It marks the closure of a well celebrated, tedious and long paddy harvest of each year, as the saying goes all good things must come to an end. More often than not, Ngiling Bidai and Ngiling Tikai are deemed as the same thing.

Tuesday Tales #12: End of Harvest (Part 2)

(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 to edit it to the best of our capabilities for your enjoyment. We welcome your feedback at hello@thetuyang.com) Borneo Indigenous Communities End of Harvest Celebrations Most of the indigenous peoples of Borneo that plant and cultivate rice celebrate their long and tedious endeavour at the… Read More »Tuesday Tales #12: End of Harvest (Part 2)

Tuesday Tales #10: Senguyon Nugan

Most of Sarawak’s indigenous people such as the Kenyah, Kayan, Iban, Bidayuh and more, practised hill paddy shifting cultivation, especially in the olden days. This involves clearing (often referred to as – cut, slash and burn) of fresh fertile land for paddy cultivation during each planting season.

Tuesday Tales #7: Rasang & To’ Anit

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.

Tuesday Tales #6: Saka & Ada’

People’s curiosity began to arouse as she was doing well in her small business of selling cencaluk and belacan, although resources were scarce and everyone except her, had it harder. That is how they knew that indeed, she possessed the saka.

Tuesday Tales #5: Petavo

Many guests are often caught off guard with this unexpected gesture. But there are those who might have some prior knowledge, or may have a sense of what is coming, will try to keep some distance, or even try to flee – by making a quiet exit.