Location : Dusun Kambih, Desa Bengkawan, Kecamatan Seluas, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
The next day’s weather was a far cry from the day before. The sun was up early in the blue sky spelling a hot day ahead. Pak Tomo had arranged for Pak Paeng the expert in the culture and history of Desa Bengkawan to be interviewed by us first thing in the morning.
Pak Paeng spoke in very clear Indonesian language and his memory was remarkable in the way he quoted the names of his long past ancestors. We had earlier asked him about the history of ‘nyobeng’. He explained that it was the Bunyit tribe from the sky that taught them everything they needed to know on how to execute the nyobeng ritual.
During his ancestral days, heaven and earth was very near to each other, just about a tree height away. He further revealed that the Bunyit from the sky were dwarf like people. How they interacted with the Bengkawan Bidayuh sounded like inter dimensional travel.
Next…….Trekking to Simpang Empat Village
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