Minggu, 05 Februari 2012

Communities in the Upper Ot-Danum Kahajan (ch.1)



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Puruk Sandukui Muller Mountains located in Central Kalimantan (c) Mansyur Geiger.

In a childhood dream, I never imagined could be an adventure to see the beauty and uniqueness of the island of Borneo. Not once did I think going through the woods, down the river, past the mountains, sleeping with an isolated village after village, tasting food taken from a material that feels weird on the tongue, kelotok climbing, swimming in crystal clear river, especially hearing the diverse languages . I am very grateful to be able to enjoy God's creation is incredible. If the year 2010 and then I tell you a lot about a memorable trip along the river upstream Barito, in 2011 this is a collection of stories from the upstream river Kahayan.

Exploring the Heart of Borneo Kahayan upstream side, precisely along the Miri river, a branch of the river Kahayan. Here live the descendants of Ot-Danum (Ot means Hulu, Danum means water / river). Most end of the village named Harowu, river water is very clear. But I want to tell you about this region as a whole first, on the origins of their unique legend. In the next chapter I shall tell new people in this village lives, livelihoods, their dreams are also wonderful places like Batu Suli and Sandukui.

Together with co-workers over the first mejeng getek (water bus) with a background of Batu Suli.
 Traversing Mountains and Mount Our journey begins from Palangkaraya city (the capital of Central Kalimantan), Kuala The period leading up the car with mileage of less than 4 hours. The period is the capital Kuala Gunung Mas. Maybe the name of Gunung Mas because his Wilaya surrounded by mountains and lots of gold produced. The fact is many people here as well as migrants who work illegally taking gold. The period from Kuala proceed up the 4WD cars, car cuman heavyweight because this car is able to pass through unpaved terrain, the roads are not owned by the State but owned by HPH (Logging Company). We climbed the strada husband tumbles Masukih Bu Kades.

Do not wonder, even in isolated areas, people here can afford to buy a car strada result of mining for gold. From Kuala The period until tumbles Napoi, Manasa Miri District village to within 4-6 hours, our trip longer because the car was in service at the garage.

The village is named Tumbang Napoi. 25% of the population still adhered Kaharingan, 5% diverse Muslim, and most Christians embrace. Since our arrival in December, the Christmas atmosphere here is very thick, it feels busy, busy moms cooking and churches filled with many activities. The village has a very clear water, the forest was still very dense, it is not difficult to find ironwood.

What caught my attention just a legend attached to the communities along the river Miri and this Kahayan. Yes, the legend of the origin of Ot-Danum tribe who sailed downstream inherit today. Dayak people believe that their ancestors came from the sky down to earth with a container of gold in four places, one in Peak Hill Pamatuan, a plateau between headwaters and streams Kahayan Barito. Stomach is one of the first ancestors created, through which the family is the offspring Gastric later famous for its habitat is located diperhuluan big rivers namely river Barito, Kahayan, Kapuas and Katingan called Ot Danum.
Many Dayak people of Caucasian descent mistaken for china. But the real story began from Sempung, the oldest child who learns stomach to China. Indeed many versions, some say that Sempung was the Chinese who sailed to Borneo, but there is a story which says that only a Dayak Sempung a study on Chinese soil. Chinese manuscript mentions the landing of a group of tribes.

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