Welcome…the world is so big..but one heritage still in the world. Iban heritage still stay and live in this hole wide world. Nobody can change this fact. I hope that all the Iban on this world can share their knowledge in this site. Make our Heritage standing tall in this world.

This Weblog also dedicated in honor of Aki Lang Sengalang Burong, the Iban God of War and all the people of “Tansang Kenyalang”. According to the tales and legend of the Iban people of Borneo, Tansang Kenyalang (which literally means “Hornbill’s nest”) is the abode of Bidok Linggar Natar Disenggal Gumbang Besabong, Aki Jugu Menaul Tuntong, Aki Lang Sengalang Burong, which is located in the dome of the sky (datai ari salepai langit landai, baka bingkai gelong tibang).  He takes the shape of a Brahminy Kite (or haliastur indus as pictured above) in his earthly appearance to man. He was the eldest of the seven siblings, five boys (Sengalang Burong, Menjaya Raja Manang, Selampandai, Gangga Ganggai or Anda Mara and Raja Sempulang Gana) and two girls (Bhiku Bunsu Petara and Ini Inee), born to a fable hero, Raja Jembu.

Aki Lang Sengalang Burong is also known by his praise name as “Earth Tremor which shakes the land and causes a full moon to fell down. Second name is Mangkok Berambing, which gave drink to Nising who collapsed and became unconcious (Rentap Tanah Belinggang Menoa, Sedan-Sedan Naban Ka Bulan Tanggar Peranama. Kedua bali nama Bejulok Mangkok Berambing, Kena numi Nising ke luput enda ngeleda)”.

In true Iban tradition, visitors are welcomed with true Iban hospitality. As your host, our ever popular bard, Lemambang Sampang Gading, has been tasked, on behalf of Sengalang Burong and the people of Tansang Kenyalang, to welcome you by waving a rooster above your head and say:

Rooster“I wave this rooster above your head, Praying to God and the holy spirits, To grant all of us good health, happiness and peace. If your omen is bad, this rooster will make it good. If it is good, this rooster will make it better still.”

“Aku miau kai manok tu, minta ngagai Petara, ngasoh kitai gerai nyamai lantang senang. Enti burong kita jai, manok tu ngasoh iya manah. Enti burong kita manah, manok tu ngasoh iya manah agi.”

As you proceed to my house, you’ll be served Ai Aus to quench your thirst, followed by Ai Untong as our gratitude for your presence and Ai Basu to cleanse your soul, ease your worried mind and to make yourself feels comfortable in our humble home. The drinks you’re served with are made from the best rice grains selected from this year harvest and prepared by our most skillful maidens. If you come to attend a major festival to my longhouse, I would have my team of Raja Berani (most trusted and senior warriors) to perform ngerandang jalai dance to secure the path you are walking in. Then I command my Bujang Berani (junior and tested warriors) to perform the ngelalau dance to build a spiritual fence around you to protect your soul from straying away so that you may fully enjoy the auspicious occassion. Then I would, once again, wave a rooster above your head to bless you for your well being. I will then serve you with our “Ai Basa“, served by skillful and beautiful maidens to convey my respect and gratitude for your presence in our humble home.

These are just a tip of the Iban hospitality and this goes to show a true Iban people have alot of respect for people and would avoid words that could cause disrespect for people or invoke the wrath of God. We Iban people believe that every living thing have spirit of their own and deserved to be treated with respect. Even the enemy skull hanging above our heads are fully respected and ceremoniously brought to the greatest Iban bird festival, praised (timang) by our bards and displayed as prized possession. Our ancestor Bejie learned a fatal lesson when he ignored the termites and honey bear to his Tangga Bejie Project Kick-off meeting.

Visitors to my humble web blog are expected to show respect and proper conduct to the house owner and everything therein, no matter how humble they may look. The practice of humility, politeness and respect is always appreciated in an Iban longhouse. I welcome any comment, both critque or appreciation, in good faith. It will be appreciated to keep the house in order and better. No one is perfect and there can never be any perfect answer. We just want to enjoy the pleasure of learning and hearing from each other. Please e-mail me personally to gnmawar@gmail.com for your views. We may get to know each other better, no matter where we are in this world. Who knows, we might share the same root or origin and become kaban-belayan of which I believe most Ibans are.

Nyadi jerita aku ditu enda alah ditelah ngena dilah baruh raang,
Enda ulih ditunda enggau sula dabong jarang.
Jerita tu amat maioh ari beloh danau langkang,
Banyak ari lemetak tinting kedang,
Nyampau jako randau ke bangat maioh dikenang.
Jerita tu panjai enda alah dijapai nemuai sahari,
Enda alah ditusi ari lemai nyentuk ka pagi,
Nemuai lantang meh kita akan ngambi penemu jadi pegari.

Nya alai…….Lalu meh Akan, Lalu,
Rumah pandak aku tu enda kala dientak ka remak pagar api,
Rumah panjai aku tu enda kala megai penti pemali,
Rumah panjang aku tu enda kala di-indang Manang Menani,
Rumah aku tu nadai kala di-imbai bangkai pemati.