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Dahiang or Petanda

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The Dayaks, especially the ones living in Central Kalimantan, believes that the Guard King Dahiang who lives in the 6th sky, has the task to give orders to several kinds of animals in the world to give signs to the human.

Those animals are among others :

 

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Totok Bakaka

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Totok Bakaka means signal or code or sign language commonly known by the Dayak community.

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Kaharingan Cosmology

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Division of Natural

Nature is divided into

  • The Upper world
  • Pantai Danom Kalonen/pantai danum kalunen/ or the earth where human life.
  • The under world

 

The Upperworld, drawing by Damang Salilah

The Upperworld, drawing by Damang Salilah

 

 

The Under World, drawing by Damang Salilah

The Under World, drawing by Damang Salilah

 

 

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Dayak Religious System in Central Kalimantan

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Kaharingan Mythology

Since the beginning of life, the Dayak have a genuine belief they belong, namely Kaharingan or Helo/Helu/ religion. Their confidence are the basis of customs and their culture. Helo/helu/ religion or Kaharingan until now is still embraced by most of the Dayak, although in reality, many Dayak people who have embraced Islam, Christianity, Catholicism. Similarly, the residents on Kalimantan are not only Dayak people, but also it has mingled with people from various tribes due to marriage and various other causes. However, long-standing tradition in their daily lives are still firmly attached, not only in language, gestures, symbol, ritual, and lifestyles, but also in the sense and value systems of their views in the meaning of life.

 

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Pahingen

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Pahingen is a tradition in Dayak community that a husband whose wife is pregnant with their baby, must be able to control himself in every word, attitude and actions. Because if the husband is out of control, such as cutting the hands of kalawet, a kind of monkey, it is feared that the child will be born,  disability in the hands.

 
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