The Malaysian State of Sarawak, also known as the land of hornbills (known as kalaw in the Philippines) is known for its diverse ethnicity. Akin to the former Nayong Pilipino, Sarawak boasts of its Sarawak Cultural Village that features Sarawak's multi-ethnic culture, heritage and tradition.
The people of Sarawak is composed of the tribes of Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melanau and other minor tribes. This includes the Malays, Chinese and Indians. Among the states of the federal Malaysia, Sarawak enjoys relatively harmonious cultures.
Sarawak is known for its long houses. However, it would be more appropriate for this blog to just use the term "house" in deference to other houses that are not "long". I am just glad to share a sneak preview of the different houses of Sarawak.
|RUMAH MELAYU (Malay House) is very much similar to typical Filipino houses in the provinces.|
|RUMAH ORANG ULU|
|RUMAH MELANAU is huge akin to Noah's ark. An entire clan can live here.|
The Sawawak Cultural Village is located at the foot of Mount Santubong, 35 kilometers north of Kuching City. This living museum depicts the rich culture and heritage of the people of Sarawak where one can see, commune with the different ethnic groups and experience different cultures in a day.
Visiting these houses made me more appreciate our neighbor's culture and heritage. Malay culture is one of the closest among other Southeast Asian countries that has similarities to Filipino heritage not only in terms of architecture but also in terms of language and way of life. This opportunity to know them made me more understand our heritage. Having seen the Melayu house, for example, made the link between Malay and Filipino cultures more concrete.
Keeping one's heritage is one of the most challenging part of any culture. Save for the various efforts of the government like that of Sarawak that helps keep the heritage alive. One needs to be always in touch with one's heritage while keeping up with the challenges of the times.
Thus preserving one's heritage involves securing your properties and having an insurance like the one from ired.com will not put your conservation efforts to waste.
Watch out for succeeding posts for a more stories on the different houses/ long houses of Sarawak soon!
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