Friday, 8 May 2009

ANNAH RAIS AND SSS

These were pictures taken from my trip to Kuching, Borneo/East Malaysia mid last year. I just realised that I have so many posts not done on Kuching, so here's one with and without shadow shots. Annah Rais Longhouse Homestay & Adventure is one of it's kind in Kuching. For those wanting to have a try of local life and adventures, here's where you stay, just don't expect 5 star accommodation.


Still on a headhunting adventure in Borneo, home to more than 200 tribes.



Annah Rais belong to the Bidayuh tribe with over 80 families living in this longhouse. Their website states that it had a written history of 175 years, and unwritten of 500 years with 8 generations of Bidayuh who lived there. Bidayuhs are also known as Land Dayak, they are 2nd largest ethnic group in Sarawak.
Entering into the longhouse.


A Bidayuh lady will serve you tuak, their local rice wine.


The entire longhouse was made of bamboo.


After entering the longhouse, you'll have to go to the HEADHOUSE..you'll know what I mean when you see the next picture.


In ancient times, headhunting was a common practice and heads were prized possession, a sign of triumph over their enemies. Life was quite simple then, the more heads you collected, the more powerful the tribe was in their aim to increase control and expand land possession.


A traditional kitchen.


A showhouse or compartment opened to public. Most of the mini houses are still lived in, so only certain places are opened. Traditionally, longhouse and also the houses here were built high on stilts to keep them safe from flood and wild animals. Here was the upper level of a compartment where rice was kept.


I was encouraged to go up this ladder to see what's on top, but I don't think I should. I mean do you want to break this few hundred years old ladder while climbing it? I could really end up in the headhouse :D


Loved this photo of children learning beading.


Here's a sample of the beadings from the Ibans, another indigenous group in Borneo.


This old man was making floor mats from tree barks. Yes, life is still very primitive here and they are proud of their heritage.


Here's wishing everyone a happy weekend and do hop over to Hey Harriet to see the rest of the wonderful shooters, or better, join us.