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Nyobeng Sebujit Gawai Ritual Festival Part 1: Welcoming Guests & Opening Ceremony

Location : Dusun Sebujit, Desa Hli Buei, Kecamatan Siding, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

It’s been 3 years since our last visit (http://bombasticborneo.com/2012/07/nyobeng-sebujit-2012/) here for the same event and this village has transformed drastically with concrete paths, solar street lamps, lounge beside the baruk and most importantly a constant supply of water. It is so much pleasant now to take a stroll around this Bidayuh village.

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Sebujit village

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Rumah Adat Baluk Sebujit (Skull House)

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The actual day’s event started off early in the morning with the Kampung Padang Pan contingent standing by just outside the village waiting for Sebujit’s welcoming team to arrive.

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Sebujit’s welcoming team

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Kampung Padang Pan contingent

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Sarawak ladies contingent

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The 2 Ketua Adat annointing each other, Anyan & Thomas

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Jamli interviewing Gumbang participants

Meanwhile, Jamli Panago the media guy from Bengkayang was busy interviewing several Sarawak visitors. As per Sebujit’s protocol, egg throwing on the visitors, puppy and chicken sacrifice were performed when Pak Amin’entourage arrived to receive their Sarawakian guests. I must admit all those over enthusiastic handphone cameramen were quite a nuisance to the media and Jakarta photographers. Some kind of barricade should have been put up to allow everyone room to shoot and priority should be accorded to visitors who took so much trouble to come to Sebujit. Jakarta guests had to fly into Pontianak, drive to Seluas, boat ride to Sebujit jetty and lastly ojek ride to Sebujit village. For all that effort and expenses it is only fair that they be given more room.

Welcoming Sarawak contingent

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The egg throwing begins, haha

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Shell shocked but laughing

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Chicken sacrifice

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Welcome to Sebujit, says Gunawan to Lindsay

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Back to Baruk

Welcoming of the VIPs one hour later was business as usual with the ever charismatic dancer Ujang leading the mobile gong ensemble and VIPs to the baruk to give their speeches.

Official Opening by VIPs

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Marching to the reception

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VIPs on standby

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There goes the egg throwing again on the man with the white jacket

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Puppy sacrifice

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The most graceful Bidayuh dancer, Pak Ujang dancing all the way to the baruk

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Young girls presenting their dance

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More animal sacrifices were performed for specific rituals throughout the day.

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Pig sacrifice

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Chicken sacrifice

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Cleansing

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Communal miring to protect the whole village

Ending at about 7pm with the inverted pole climbing competition. 3 years on and Pak Ahem was still the man to beat. Whatever was wrong with all the young studs! Too much alcohol, perhaps.

Inverted Bamboo Pole Climbing

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Inverted bamboo pole climbing

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At last the defending champ yet again did it just before dark

Bamboo chopping

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Bamboo chopping ceremony

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Circumambulate the deck of the baruk

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The crowds

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Youngest warrior makes his presence felt

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