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Nyobeng Sebujit Gawai Ritual Festival Part 2: Spiritual Healing & Cleansing

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

The night event started with offering to the guardian spirits of the village where dog was sacrificed.

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Dog sacrifice

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The two guardian angels

Gawai visiting took up much of the night until 12am when the healing ceremony started with more offerings and dancing to invite the spirits from the mountain to perform healings for both visitors and residents. Fresh coconut water was poured into a coconut spathe acting as a trough and this coconut water was allowed to trickle onto the top of the recipient’s head. More spiritual cleansing continued with Pak Amin going round brushing everyone with coconut inflorescence, chanting the healing mantras at the same time. Powerful indeed.

Healing Ceremony

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Pak Ahock the local shaman

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Coconut water poured from the spathe

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More cleansing with inflorescence

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The last ceremony started at midnight and ended with the feeding of the skulls.

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Chanting before doing the pig sacrifice

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Offerings to the kamangs

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Pig sacrifice

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Wooden box was taken out

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Where the skulls are kept

What a day it had been. Too many things to learn with too little time. Time to put the whole day’s experiences behind and get a good sleep with live band music blasting away catering to the young ones. What a contrast.
The good weather continued till the next morning with the noisy ojeks having a busy time ferrying guests hurrying home. We had our last get together below the baruk for a farewell miring before senior representatives from both the visitors’ and host’s sides gave their farewell speeches expressing their heartfelt gratitude for the fellowship and a well organized Gawai. One last dance before we parted ways with the taste of Sebujit’s ginger tuak still lingering on our tongues, awesome. See you in Kampung Padang Pan in 2016.

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Pak Amin delivering his speech

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Nain representing the headman of Padang Pan

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Pak Gunawan giving his speech

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A gift to Kampung Padang Pan.

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Pak Amin leading the farewell dance

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Our homestay hosts

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Going back to pick up our car… homeward bound

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