Iban Longhouse, Kapit

I had a great day visiting this Longhouse in Sabbah, Borneo.

One of the joys of travelling around the world is seeing how other people live on a day to day basis.

In this particular Longhouse, there were several generations of families all living together under one roof. When I go to places like this it really makes me question some of my material choices such as; do I really need six television sets? I really want to start scaling back on my material purchases (it means I can spend more money on travelling).


JV-LongHouse-Family

The Iban people made me feel very welcome. I was offered some traditional food and some very strong alcohol which nearly stripped out the lining of my throat but I still drank it to be sociable.

While I was there a group of elders were teaching some children how to weave.


Elders

JV-LongHouse

Longhouse door

Skulls


Yes, it’s a bag of real human skulls; and no headhunting is not a practice the Iban people carry out today but it is something their ancestors did over 100 years ago.

The photo I took of the three kids in the header of this page is being used on the ‘Sarawak Hear’ website which is a society founded by people who are personally and professionally involved in work aimed at helping individuals suffering from hearing loss.

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