Monday, August 3, 2009
My World Tuesday : Long houses
The different tribes in Borneo, the Ibans, Kenyahs, Kayans, Kelabits used to live in longhouses. It is like a long terrace house except the residents share a balcony and a living room. They have their own private bedrooms and kitchen. They are built on stilts and pigs and chicken run around underneath.
Amended notes: I did not mention that in the past, the longhouses could be 50 to 100 families living together. They had a headman, and everyone had to listen to him. It is not very PC to talk why Borneo was known to the outside world. Tourists come to longhouses and ask to see these "objects." But if you go to Kuching, and visit the museum, you will see a model of a long house, and up the rafters, you will see soot darkened objects hanging there. Sorry I have to be PC, I think you know what I mean. If you google Sarawak, and longhouses, you will get the general idea.