The Long Houses of the Dayak

March 12, 2009 at 8:33 am 6 comments

The Dayak, some of the original inhabitants of Borneo, build long houses on stilts, using ironwood for the structure and tree bark for the walls; the floor are simple planks of wood placed side by side. The length of these houses was for the last century of 110 meters (over 360 feet) and today they generally range from 10 to 70 meters (33 to 230 feet).

On Borneo the long house forms a center for both social life and for rituals. Here people meet to talk after work, and its here the central ceremonies and rituals of the group are performed.

In each long house is a central stilt or main post which is the first to be placed in position when the house is built. This post is associated with the ancestor who founded the house has a sacred signifiance; it stands in the center of the house and its looked on as the link between the underworld and the upper world. The long houses were often decorated with representations of water snakes and rhinoceros birds. They were connected with the group’s central creation myth, for water snake is associated with the underworld and the rhinoceros bird with the upper world of the good spirits.


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  • 1. sandi,oky,aziz  |  April 14, 2009 at 1:12 am

    my opinion…….this is very wonderful life and beautiful…..because the building performed is very good and beautiful contruksion

  • 2. Fauzi,Saepul,Dik-dik, Agus, Anik,Alan,Aji, Kiki  |  April 14, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Dayak houses are houses that are simple terbut from iron wood and bark for long dingding.Rumah century is home to the last 110 meters (more than 360 feet).
    Home sepiritual very long and is usually used for ceremonial adatmasyarakat Borneo and this house is considered as sacred ancestral home.

  • 3. Fauzi,Saepul,Dik-dik, Agus, Anik,Alan,Aji, Kiki  |  April 14, 2009 at 2:33 am

    home sepiritual very long and is usually used for ceremonial adatmasyarakat Borneo and this house is considered as sacred ancestral home.

    groups according to our house is a house that is still customary teradisonal.

  • 4. M. Arif Ginanjar, Wulung Hendratno, Riska, Az i Mazid M, Siti Rukoyah, Rika R  |  April 15, 2009 at 2:30 am

    according to our group blog that you manage to give enough information that can provide enough inspiration for our group. After we read the articles about the home from a long Dayak, our group will say thank you for the article about the house’s long Dayak group we have to add enough interesting insight. According to our home from a long Dayak must be maintained for fixed assets of a country the longer their assets a little more.

  • 5. Deni N,Mumu M,Yana Y, Aziz H.  |  April 15, 2009 at 3:50 am

    according to our opinion about the custom house dayak community, such as that the house needs to iru to dibudidayakan, ask why? because of this custom home has become part of the diversity of the custom house custom house like other
    > tukar

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