Sarawak Iban Chief and Shaman - Picture of the week


Sarawak Iban Chief and Iban Shaman in full traditional attire about to perform one of the local rituals. This picture of the week was taken by me on one of my longhouse visits in the deep interiors of Sarawak. The Iban Chief is sitting on the right who is about 90+ years old while the Shaman on the left is about 80+ years old. No one could give me an accurate age as there are no birth documents available for them. 

These are one of the very few remaining traditional tribe leaders left as most of the village head descendants have moved on to modernization. The Iban village is located along the Lemanak River which is near the Batang Ai Forest Reserve or near the Kalimantan border town of Lubuk Antu which is about four to five hours drive from Kuching City in Sarawak.
Sarawak Iban Chief and Shaman - Picture of the week Sarawak Iban Chief and Shaman - Picture of the week Reviewed by David Jr on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Rating: 5

9 comments:

baincardin said...

Salam. Jom kita menghayatinya bersama! ^_^

David Jr said...

Hi Bain, would love to but no plans for Sarawak till next year.

David

fatboybakes said...

so uber cool that such tradition still lives on!!! sigh, i'm sure its a matter of time before its all wiped out.

David Jr said...

fatboybakes, sadly I have to agree with you. Modernization has come to the interiors...

David

Travelers Barista said...

Wow, wonderful pictures on your site! Thanks for visiting my site. I'll be following you and keeping in touch. Thanks David!

David Jr said...

Hi Travelers Barista, thank you for visiting and will keep in touch.

David

louisebah said...

Great pic of the week David! :)

David Jr said...

Thanks Louise :)

Seb I said...

Hi!

Please tell me where and how can I visit shamans in Malaysia/Thailand/Sri Lanka.

Thank you!
Pura vida!
Seb.

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