Besides the islands of Java and Sumatra, the island of Borneo also saves cultural wealth that is still being preserved by the community.
The island also consists of several provinces so that the customs and traditions possessed are also quite diverse.
In addition to traditional ceremonies, the richness of Kalimantan’s culture also consists of traditional clothing, language, special foods, music, dances, and so on.
Get to know more about the customs owned by the people of Kalimantan.
The following are three examples of customs and traditions that are still guarded by the inhabitants of Borneo.
In this tradition, five balian (as traditional leaders) run around while ringing bracelets made of brass.
They ran around the place of worship and read incantations.
The ceremony was attended by Dayak residents and held as a form of gratitude for the abundant rice harvest.
This ceremony is usually held for 7 days.
What’s interesting about Aruh Baharin is that this ceremony involves ancestral spirits.
Traditional leaders perform special rituals to summon ancestral spirits to attend and enliven Aruh Baharin’s event.
Also provided are a variety of offerings to be enjoyed by the ancestors.
The Maccera Tasi tradition is still maintained by the people of Kalimantan today.
This ceremony involves a procession of slaughtering sacrificial animals such as goats, buffaloes or chickens.
The slaughter process is carried out in the sea and the blood is thrown into the sea as a symbol of giving blood to marine life.
The purpose of this tradition is to get abundant seafood.
This ceremony is often held to commemorate the 7th month of pregnancy.
This tradition resembles the Mitoni for Javanese people.
In this tradition, the mayang fence is made.
The fence is made of sugar cane sticks that are tied.
Inside the fence, water will be placed, flowers, shampoo, and so on.
Sulawesi is one of the regions in Indonesia which consists of various tribes.
There are a variety of cultures, customs, and traditions that are owned by the people of Sulawesi.
Some traditions are influenced by Islam, thus adding to the cultural wealth of the island of Sulawesi.
Here are some customs that are still preserved by the surrounding community.
Mappalili is a traditional ceremony which is usually held to start the rice planting season.
This ritual was led by an ancient Bugis priest called bissu.
Bissu Puang Matoa will gather at the arajang house, which is a storage area for heirloom rice plows.
Wearing a striped shirt combined with a plain white sarong, Bissu Puang Matoa leads the event.
The period of pregnancy is a period that gets special attention from the Bugis community.
In the early stages of pregnancy until entering the fourth month, the surrounding community usually calls it angngirang.
At this time, families from both parties must fulfill the wishes of prospective mothers, especially those in the form of food.
After the pregnancy enters the age of 7 months, the Anynyapu Battang ceremony is held.
In the tradition of anynyapu battang, the two families prepare various kinds of foods that have certain symbols.
In this ceremony, prospective mothers and prospective fathers will be bathed then wear traditional clothes and side by side.
Then they will be surrounded by families and they choose certain foods.