Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pangkalima Burung

In the Dayak community, it is believed there is a creature which was mentioned very great, magical, knight, and authoritative. The figure is said to inhabit the mountains in the interior of Borneo, intersect with the supernatural. Spiritual leader, warlord, teachers, and elders who glorified. Dayak is pangkalima war, Pangkalima Bird, called Pangkalima by the Dayak country. There are so many versions of the story about this figure, especially after his name sticking out during the riots Sambas and Sampit.

Someone said he had lived for hundreds of years old and lived on the border between West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. There is also news about Bird Pangkalima tangible occult and may take the form of men or women depending on the situation. Also on Bird Pangkalima figure which is a Dayak community leaders who have gone, but his spirit may be invited to communicate through a ritual. Until the story that he was the incarnation of the hornbills, birds that are considered sacred and holy in Kalimantan. In addition to the many versions of the story, in parts of Kalimantan, also there are many people who claim to be Pangkalima Bird, either in Tarakan, Sampit, or Pontiac. But any claim that only believed in three different ways: some who believe, there is no trust, and there is hesitation. There is no authentic proof that ensure one of them is really true Pangkalima Bird.

There are so many outstanding issues and stories, but there is one version which I think is very fitting to describe what and who it is Pengkalima Bird. He is a figure that illustrates the Dayak people in general. Pangkalima Bird is the symbol of the Dayaks. Whether it's nature, its practices, and everything about him.
Then how can a bird Pangkalima, how could he represent the Dayak? In addition to powerful and invulnerable, Pangkalima Bird also is the figure as a cool, calm, patient, and do not like making trouble. This corresponds to the typical Dayak people are also friendly and patient, sometimes even shy. Quite hard to persuade rural Dayak people to want to be photographed, sometimes have to present the benefits of clove cigarettes.

And the reality on the ground breaking all the stereotypes of the Dayak as a cruel, vicious, and violent. In public life, the Dayaks can be spelled quite shy, still receive the newcomers with a good, and always maintain the integrity of the cultural heritage of both religion and ritual. As Bird Pengkalima be patient and remain calm which inhabit inland Dayak community too much to give in when loggers and gold miners into their territory. Although still firmly holds the teachings of the ancestors, the conflict never existed when there are members of the society are turning to these religions brought by the settlers. Boisterous no tension in the room turned into a scope-which by the Dayak Ngaju called Danum Kaharingan yet.

Simplicity was identical with the figure of Pangkalima Bird. Although the figure is celebrated, he does not reside in a luxurious palace or building. He was hiding and meditated in the mountains and merge with nature. Inland Dayak community has never concerned with the nominal value of money. Newcomers can easily berbarter goods such as coffee, salt, or cigarettes with them.
Bird told Pangkalima rarely shows itself, because it is not like to show off the power. Likewise Dayaks, who are not haphazardly into the city with a saber, chopsticks, or arrows. These weapons are generally used for hunting in the woods, and the saber was not removed from kumpang (sarong) if no subject is important or urgent.

So where is the culture of violence and fury of the Dayaks who was widely discussed, and feared it? There was one case Pangkalima Bird down the mountain, that is when after continuous patient and his patience was exhausted. Pangkalima bird indeed a very patient person, but if the limit of patience had crossed the line, the case will be different. He will turn into a pemurka. It's really a perfect depiction of the Dayak people are friendly, shy, and patient, but will turn very vicious and cruel if it is his patience has run out.

Bird Pangkalima that wrath will soon go down the mountain and gather his forces. Ritual-which in the West Kalimankan called Red Bowl-made to collect from saentero Kalimantan Dayak warriors. War dances bersahut-replication, saber firmly attached at the waist. Those who had been the people who are very good will look hideous. The smile on her face disappeared, replaced by malignant eyes like hypnotized. They are ready for war, mengayau-cut off and bring the enemy's head. This is what happened in the town of Sampit a few years ago, when beheadings occur almost everywhere in every corner of the city.
Though cruel and ferocious in anger, as well as Bird Pengkalima Dayak people still hold fast to the norms and rules which they believe. Among others, it does not pollute the sanctity of places of worship of any religion-with-damaging or killing in it. Because violence in the Dayak placed as the last option, when patience has run out and the way of peace can no longer be reached, it is in their viewpoint. Murder, and activity mengayau, in their little hearts could not be done, but because it pushed to the last option and to change what they think is wrong, it had to be done. This is the actual culture of violence is to be feared.

Mystery is very identical to the Dayaks. Fierce and cruel stereotypes still attached. It's not all good, because there are many shortcomings and mistakes. What's more violence, whatever the form and reason-whether it's revenge, economic, social inequality, and others-still can not be justified. Eye for an eye will only lead to blindness for all. Apart from all kinds of legends and myths, or whether or not a real character, Pangkalima Bird for me is the figure of a true symbol of the Dayaks. Source:

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