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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Dayak Commander Of Birds
Burung” or “Commander of Birds” is believed to be noble-minded Dayak leaders
who possess magical powers and inhabit in the mountains of the interior of
Borneo. There are the spiritual leaders, warlords, teachers, and elders.
believed that these commanders have lived for hundreds of years and stay in the
spiritual realm of interior Borneo. This commander of birds can be invisible,
or take the shape of male or female. It may be the case that they were the
spirits of late Dayak community leaders only to be conjured through a ritual
for various purposes. However, there is another story that says that a “Panglima
Burung” is the incarnation of Hornbill, a bird that is considered sacred and
holy in Kalimantan.
It is said
that “Panglima Burung” normally led a simple life. Although as leaders, they do
not reside in the palace or luxurious buildings but they rather hide and
meditate in the mountains and unite with the nature.
other hand, when the “Panglima Burung” is angry, they would descend from the
mountain and gather their teams. They will then call a ritual known as the “Red
Bowl”. This Red Bowl ritual is performed to gather Dayak warriors. During this
Red Bowl ritual the warriors will carry out the famous war dance wilding the
famous Dayak mandau swords as if hypnotized for war.