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Dayak Women (3)

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The value of Dayak woman in the eyes of tribe community is high. It is so high the appreciation of the tribe to its woman, that the dowry for the wedding cannot be considered as a light matter. Dayak youth are very protective and respectful to the tribe teenage girls. They cannot accept if there is a person that they consider as a stranger enters their territory and teases one of tribe’s girls. Harassing a Dayak woman is identical to harassment to the pride of the tribe and also identical to the challenge for war. All tribe members will be triggered in their anger and will move forward to answer the challenge.

 

Tjilik Riwut's granddaughter

 

 

 

 

 

Tjilik Riwut's granddaughter

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 January 2010 13:24
 

Dayak Women (4)

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In Dayak tradition, the relation of a child in the family and among relatives either from father or mother side is the same. In reality, it often happens that a husband lives in the same house with his parent-in-law, thus the children will be closer to the family of mother side. However, according to the customary law, the right and obligation is the same. There is no difference since it includes the prohibited matrimony, heritage and obligation.

In dividing heritage, either in the form of material or spiritual and magical power ability, there is no difference. Male or female is the same. The difference is only in its natural function of physical condition between male and female themselves.

 

Tjilik Riwut's granddaughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tjilik Riwut's granddaughter

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 13:13
 

Dayak Woman (5)

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In the past, the beauty of Dayak woman is identical to long hair, mamut menteng or bravery also the light from the eyes, all cannot be considered as the focus of beauty. A person is beautiful if one possesses a pure beauty reflected in the inner self from the inside just the way oneself is. Thus, the meaning of beauty is not on the softness of face, the high nose, sexy body and others but mostly the beauty from inside the soul.

Tjilik Riwut's granddaughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tjilik Riwut's granddaughter

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2010 12:36
 

DAYAK WOMAN, WHO AND WHAT ARE THEY?

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Tjilik Riwut & me1. INTRODUCTION

Our predecessor lives free in the nature, accompanied by the brisk voice of flowing river, the whistle of bird, the aroma of forest mold and the green of trees. The pure of the nature resulted in the cheerful and honest heart. That’s the daily life of our ancestor.

As a Dayak woman residing not in the village, I was contacted several times or to be exact I was judged that Dayak woman is apt in guna-guna and santet . One person came to my house because one of his relative became the victim of Dayak woman’s magic potion. Other person came for aid to free his family member from the witchcraft’s influence. Is it true that Dayak woman has the ability to make love potion preying the opponent sex for their personal interest?.

‘Dayak woman, who and what are they?’ is trying to give answers to those accusation and suspicion.

 


Tjilik Riwut & me


This writing is made based on the collection of writings and documents of prominent cultural adherent Tjilik Riwut. As addition, I inserted as well my experience and my thankfulness, my anxiety and concern as Dayak woman. Also my struggling life experience to get my self-identity as Dayak woman nearly disconnected from the cultural bound because of the long years accompanying my spouse far away from the homeland .

In this writing the information focuses on the role of Dayak woman in the past. To show the events and challenges in current time, I will reveal my experience struggling to make myself rise and hold to the noble cane of panatau Utus so that I can dia matei buseng although hit by the strong wave of globalization. By revealing my experience, I hope that in the long run, Dayak woman who has the same destiny like me feel challenged to regain the thing that almost “vaporized”.

The disconnection of generation from the cultural and ethnic socialization might result in the fading self identity as Dayak woman . The anxiety of the disconnection of generation from ancestor’s heritage in socialization or cultural knowledge due to the change of tradition of tetek tatum which is eroded by modernization, led me to choose the title above. Presentation in this writing is narrowed not on the Dayak woman in general, but more focused on Dayak woman in the region of Central Kalimantan. Native inhabitant of Central Kalimantan is the Dayak, divided in several tribes and several sub-tribes and each has its own language. Those tribes are Dayak Ngaju, Dayak Ot Danum, Ma’anyan, Lawangan, Siang, and several others.

Thanks For the translator.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 13:57 Read more...
 

The Traditional Life of Dayak Senior Citizen in Central Kalimantan

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Tjilik Riwut's Father

Tjilik Riwut's Father

 

The fact that you do not know us cannot lead you to love us. In order to be adored, firstly let us the Dayak community in Central Kalimantan presents our culture. We, the children of esun Tambun Bungai [1], has been unified and become the friend with the nature, our earth, for a long period of time. In our daily experience of life, we realized that it’s impossible to conquer the wilderness of the nature, the great forest  filled with wild animals, where huge rivers with strong current, some with fierce stream seemed awaiting its prey, all of those are our part of life. The circumstance made us realize not to revolt and try to conquer the nature, but we tried to understand and to befriend with it.

One of our ways to be closer and be unified with the nature is by trying to achieve the silence. For that, we often go inside to the deep of the jungle to find a silent place, concentrate to achieve the silence, to request guidance from the  Hatalla[2]. Silent, sensitive, unity with the nature caused in reality, one of which Tatu Hiang[3] of the Dayak bakaji[4] and possess the spiritual ability that one cannot underestimate.

Thanks for the translator.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 11:36 Read more...
 


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