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.
(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 email@example.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)
Pesavik is one of the lesser known harvest celebrations of Sarawak minority indigenous communities. It was last celebrated in mid 20th century.
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.
She accidentally pricked her finger with the needle and it started to bleed profusely until she became weak. Before she took her last breath, she told the people of her village,
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.
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.
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.
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.