Local Heritages

Astana Al-Nursari
13 November 2016

Find the blissful experience to be part of local traditions and celebrate the authenticity of Bornean culture during your stay in Kalimantan Tengah.


It is a ceremony to purify a village, which usually takes place on July 7 (according to Dayak Tomun belief, seven is a sacred number) held as a tradition to mark the incoming harvest season.


The funeral ceremony held by Dayak Tomun people is the procession of ancestral spirits delivering relatives who have passed into the afterlife by purifying and removing the remains from the grave to a place called sandung.


Bukung is someone who is wearing a mask, called luha in Dayak Tomun language, worn during Tiwah Ceremony. The ritual is a symbol of joy and togetherness where bukung dancers will dance to distinctive beats and sounds made using bamboo sticks as a means of comforting the grieving family. Promoting this cultural richness, Babukung Festival is now held annually in October in Nanga Bulik, the capital city of Lamandau District. Hundreds of bukungs wearing various shapes and colorful luha will be in parade during this cultural festival.


Usually held as blessing for a new visitor. This ritual symbolizes the acceptance of the guest into the community and the wish for safety during their stay in the neighborhood.


Another unique culture of Dayak people in Kalimantan Tengah is Bagondang which means playing gendang (drum) and traditional music instruments (kulinang, gong, kecapi) as part of joy celebration. This is also how the locals welcome guests who visit their village. Usually held in Rumah Betang after dinner, guests will be invited to dance together accompanied by music instruments all-night. Arak drink is served as part of entertaining guests.


A traditional Dayak house that can hold a few families (sometime up to 150 people), since Dayak tribes live in large groups and in close quarter. It is quite big in size, from 30-150 meters (in length) x 10-30 meters (in width) built using woods from Ulin Trees with its excellent strength to withstand termites and heavy weather to exist for hundreds of years. This house is been around for 1000 years and hasconsidered as a local heritage to be preserved and protected by law.

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